230 Odisha kids sick af­ter mid-day meal

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

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.

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