Malaysia: 42 pupils hit by food poisoning

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Tue, Apr 28, 2009
The Star/Asia New Network


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Forty-two pupils from SRK Wangsa Maju Section 1 were rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital after suffering from food poisoning yesterday.

Six were hospitalised while the others were discharged at 5pm.

The pupils, aged between seven and 12, had earlier eaten chicken rice at the school canteen.

However, parents only knew about the incident in the evening when their children returned home late.

"My daughter was supposed to be home by bus at 2pm, but she did not show up. My mother-in-law, who was waiting for her, got worried and informed me," said Rostarizam Mohd Jamal, 39.

Food and beverage manager Rostarizam said he telephoned the school immediately and was told by a teacher that his daughter had suffered from food poisoning and was sent to hospital by an ambulance.

Rostarizam said he rushed to the hospital and found his daughter in stable condition.

"However, there were seven others whose condition was quite serious and were warded. Later the doctors discharged one of them," he added.

A manager, Vijay, 34, said his father was supposed to fetch his niece from school.

"But at 1pm, my niece did not show up. My father became worried. He searched the school for her and was later told by school staff members that she had been sent to the hospital," said Vijay.

He added that the school was irresponsible and should at least have informed the parents.

"Luckily my niece's condition is not serious and she is recovering. But she told me that earlier three of them fainted in class," he said.

Teachers who were present at the hospital refused to comment.

The Education Ministry's School Management Division will investigate the food poisoning case.

Education director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom said the ministry would work together with the Health Department in the investigation. --The Star / Asia News Network




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