30 school children fall ill after mid-day meal

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Over 30 children of a government-aided school in the Capital fell ill after eating the mid-day meal here. They were rushed to Safdarjung Hospital from where they were discharged after treatment.

The incident took place at Baba Nebraj Secondary School in Lajpat Nagar when the children were served their mid-day meal of rice and daal around 10 a.m.

Rushed to hospital

The 32 students who were served the meal were first rushed to the nearby Municipal Corporation of Delhi hospital from where five students were discharged after medication and the remaining students were referred to Safdarjung Hospital.

According to Additional Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital Dr. Sudhir Chandra, 27 children reached the hospital with complaints of vomiting, abdominal pain and nausea. “They were kept under observation, given medicines, and discharged around 1-30 p.m. Looking at the symptoms, it appears to be a case of food poisoning,” he added.

Under observation

Some of the students at the Safdarjung Hospital said the rice served in the meal was stale and appeared yellow in colour. After consuming the meal some started vomiting while others told their teachers that they were feeling uneasy.

Director (Higher Education) of the Delhi Government, Chandra Bhushan, said: “The food items have been sent for testing. Action will be taken depending on the result of the tests. We have already issued notice to the service provider.”

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