Kept under observation at KIMS in Hubli, they are stable now

As many as 14 girls fell sick after consuming milk at a government school at a village near Hubli on Monday. They are kept under observation at KIMS Hospital in Hubli.

Director of Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and Hospital Vasantha Kamat told The Hindu that the students recovered after initial treatment. “Their condition is stable. However, we have kept them for observation for the next 24 hours,” she said.

The incident occurred at the Government Higher Primary School for Girls at Kusgal village near Hubli. Among the 320 girls who were given milk under the Ksheera Bhagya scheme, two or three girls reportedly vomited after a while, and a few others started complaining of stomach ache subsequently.

The school teachers and a few parents immediately rushed the students who complained of stomach ache to the KIMS Hospital in Hubli.

Police Inspector of Hubli Rural Police Station R.K. Patil, who visited the school and the hospital, said that barring those taken to the hospital, the health condition of the rest of the students was normal.

Dr. Kamath told that barring one girl who vomited, the rest of the girls complained of burning sensation in the stomach and accordingly, medical treatment was given.

“There could be various reasons, including contaminated water, for the incident. We are sending milk sample for test,” Dr. Kamath said.

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