Nearly 140 workers taken ill due to ‘food poisoning’ at Polavaram project site in Andhra Pradesh  

The health condition of the workers is stable, says district Collector

February 11, 2023 09:30 pm | Updated 09:30 pm IST - POLAVARAM PROJECT SITE (ELURU)

Nearly 140 workers engaged in the construction activity at the Polavaram irrigation project site have complained of stomach ache and vomiting, allegedly due to food poisoning.

All of them are labourers belonging to the South and Central Indian States and are staying at a single camp on the project site.

“By February 11 night, at least 140 workers have complained of stomach ache and vomiting. The screening of the health condition of the labourers is in progress at the project site,” K. Muralidhar, a doctor who is holding the medical camp, told The Hindu.

“A team of officials has been deputed to the project site. Food poisoning is suspected to be the reason. The health condition of the workers is stable,” said Eluru District Collector V. Prasanna Venkatesh.

Nearly 1,500 workers are engaged in work at the project site, and all of them are served food from a single source.

Meanwhile, MEIL authorities said the group of workers might have consumed fish that was reportedly not fresh.

The district authorities are probing the issue to prevent further health complications.

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