80 students fall ill in Delhi school, food poisoning suspected

January 26, 2009


Source of Article:  http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200901260323.htm


New Delhi (PTI): As many as 80 children of a school in Jaffarpur area of the city were on Sunday hospitalised after they complained of illness in a suspected food poisoning case.

Most of the children of the residential school, Jaffarpur Kalan Navodaya Vidyala were, however, discharged after a medical check-up and primary treatment.

"70-80 children of our school were admitted to a near-by hospital after they complained of abdominal pain and other digestive problems," B.S. Kumawat, principal of the school said.

"The students were admitted to the near-by hospital and were later discharged after primary medical check-up," he said, claiming that doctors did not confirm any food poisoning.

He, however, added that nearly seven students are still under observation in the Rawtula Ram Hospital in the locality.

Kumawat said all 450 students in the school had consumed normal diet last night and routine breakfast today morning.

But, some of them complained of abdominal pain, uneasiness, other digestive problems and had vomiting tendency around 9.30 on Sunday morning, he said.

Some of the teachers in the school suspected the hand of students, who wanted to escape the 26 January drill, a part of the Republic Day celebration in the school, in the incident.

"It might be a trick of some students to escape the Republic Day exercise tomorrow," a senior teacher said.

Meanwhile, the school administration has ordered a probe into the matter, Kumawat added.



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