230 Odisha kids sick after mid-day meal
Bhubaneswar: A total of 230 students were taken ill allegedly after consuming food in different schools in Odisha’s Malkangiri and Kalahandi districts, officials said on Friday.
Around 150 girls of a government-run residential school for tribals fell ill with symptoms of food-poisoning at Badapada in remote Chitrakonda area of Malkangiri allegedly after taking breakfast on Friday, said Ramkrishna Gond, Project Administrator of Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA).
The affected girls were immediately taken to a local hospital after they complained of vomiting, loose motions, nausea and stomach pain, he said. Gond added that a probe was on to ascertain the cause of the incident.
Similar incidents were reported from Kalahandi district where 80 students of five schools fell ill allegedly after eating the mid-day meal on Thursday, officials said.
The students of schools at Luma, Kubri, Bandhpari, Ranjendrapur and Dangri villages under Lanjigarh block complained of vomiting, nausea and stomach pain after consuming the meal on Thursday, they said. The affected students were taken to the government hospital at Biswanathpur.
The mid-day meal for 176
schools of Lanjigarh block is prepared and supplied by a trust, they said, adding that the cooked food was sent to different schools by vehicles.
DEO Pradip Kumar Naik said many of the students have already been discharged from the hospital and that the situation was under control. Kalahandi Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said the cause of the illness would be ascertained after an inquiry which was in progress.