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After consuming hostel meal of a government-run school in Gajapati district of Odisha, a minor student died and five others fell ill. The incident was confirmed by police officials on Sunday, March 24. The school falls under the jurisdiction of Garabandha police station.
The residential primary school inmates in a village, a few hours after having dinner on March 23, Saturday, complained about nausea, stomach ache and vomiting. According to District Education Officer (DEO), PK Nag, two minor girls showing symptoms of food poisoning were taken immediately to a nearby local hospital.
While undergoing treatment, Tuni Rohit, a student of class IV, died in the early hours of March 24. Five other students have been admitted to the hospitals and are still undergoing treatment.
“The school warden called me at around 3 AM in the night and informed me about my daughter’s condition. She was vomiting and was suffering from high fever,” the father of the deceased student, Biswanatha Sabara said.
Parlakhemundi District Welfare Officer Santosh Rath said that a probe has been launched into the incident. The body of the deceased girl is being examined, and action will be taken as soon as the report comes.
Meanwhile, Umakant Choudhury, who is the school’s Headmaster, and the teacher-in-charge Anita Nayak, have been placed under suspension by the district administration.
In recent times, school meals resulting in students falling ill has become quite common.
This year itself, 25 students of a government school in Bengaluru had to be hospitalized as they complained of stomach ache and vomiting after eating mid-day meal.
In December 2018, a boy found a dead lizard in the food served under mid-day meal programme. Almost 90 students from Gaddikeri government high school in Karnataka were admitted to a government hospital after consuming the food.
Students are sent to schools by their parents with the hope of providing them with a healthy environment and lifestyle. In a place where students should feel safe, it is unfortunate to see the negligence on the part of school authorities.
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