200 school students taken ill after taking iron tablets

CHENNAI, FEB. 15. Over 200 students in three districts were rushed to hospital, following consumption of medicines administered under a school health programme, raising serious questions about the functioning of the project, the health department and the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation.

In Kancheepuram, over 40 students of the Government Girls Higher Secondary school at Salavakkam were taken ill today after they were given a dose of iron tablets on the school premises. A total of 150 girls consumed the tablets.

In Udumalpet, as many as 47 girls from two middle schools fell ill after taking iron and folic acid tablets supplied by the Health Department. In Tirupur, nearly 70 children fell ill.

In Salem, 46 girl students of the Kuppanur Panchayat Union Middle School near here complained of giddiness and irritation in the stomach soon after consuming the `iron and folic acid tables' supplied under the newly-launched `Anaemic Eradication Programme' on Thursday.

While 15 of them were treated in the local primary health centre, the rest were taken to the Salem Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital last night.

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