By George Busiinge
Hoima district’s Education officer, Godfrey Sserwanja has ordered all schools in the district without lightening conductors to install them immediately or else tougher action be taken against them.
The education official gave the order after 16 pupils of Kifumura primary school in Buhanika sub-county were hospitalized after being struck by lightning on September 29.
Education authorities in Hoima district have also discovered that 60 percent of schools in Hoima district have got no lightning conductors erected at their schools.
At the time they were struck, the pupils were attending classes at their school which had no conductors installed. The injured pupils were mostly those from primary four, five and six.
Peter Mukobi, the Administrator Hoima regional referral Hospital told Earthfinds that the injured pupils are out of danger and they were discharged on Monday last week after undergoing thorough treatment.
“The pupils are out of danger and we have discharged them from the hospital after they underwent thorough treatment and supervision” said Mukobi.
A lightning conductor is a metal rod that is placed on a building and connected with the ground below to protect the building from being damaged by lightning.
During thunderstorms, large amount of electrical charge separation takes place in the clouds. As a result, some regions of the cloud have overall positive charge, while others have overall negative charge.
When this separation becomes sufficient, the air ionizes and becomes conducting. This results in a flash of lightning. Most lightning occur between the two parts of the same cloud, but it can take place between two clouds or between a cloud and earth also.
In that case lightning flows throughout the air to the earth and strikes the sharpest object on the earth. Sometimes these flashes can be as long as 150 km.
Lightning conductors are normally fitted on the top of tall buildings as a safety device to protect them from the destructive effects caused by lightning.