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Over 150 students fall ill after consuming mid-day meal

Over 150 students fall ill after consuming mid-day meal”

More than 130 tribal girls of a government-run residential school in Maoist-dominated Badapada Kanyashram in Malkangiri district fell ill Friday morning after eating flattened rice that allegedly got mixed with phenyl. As per reports, the students suffered from vomiting, head reeling and stomach pain after taking mid-day meals in the schools. They were aftrerwards shifted to the hospital at Chitrakonda for better medical treatment.

Besides Gond, Malkangiri district Collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy visited the hospital to enquire about the condition of the girls, who were being provided with proper medical treatment, officials said.

Similar incidents took place in the state yesterday.

The Mid-day Meal (MDM) programme in Odisha comes under the scanner again, as around 200 students fell sick in Kalahandi and Gajapati districts on Thursday after taking lunch at school. They were initially admitted to Community Health Centre at Biswanathpur, but the condition of three of them including two girls deteriorated following which they were shifted to the district headquarters hospital in Bhawanipatna.

Sources said cooked food is being provided to 13,820 students of 176 schools in Lanjigarh block.

Reportedly, the school authorities have raised the issue regarding the quality of the food in front of Mana Trust authorities and Block Education Officers many a times in the past, but no action has been taken yet.

He said the situation was under control and the affected students were recovering fast. They were rushed to Paralakhemundi Hospital by the school authorities.

Kalahandi Collector Anjan kumar Manik said the cause of the illness would be ascertained after enquiry which was in progress.



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