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Day after 22 deaths in Saran, 50 students fall ill in Madhubani

Day after 22 deaths in Saran, 50 students fall ill in Madhubani
A day after deaths due to contaminated mid-day meal at a government primary school in Saran district, Bihar, about 50 children of another government school were taken ill on Wednesday after they were served food under the scheme in Madhubani district of the state.

The food was served to students of Navtolia Middle School, Bisfi, about 22 km from here. The students alleged that the meal had a dead lizard in it. Around 50 students complained of stomach ache and began vomiting after eating the mid-day meal. They were taken to Bisfi health centre, its medical officer in charge A K Prabhat told reporters here.

‘All the students are out of danger,’ he said. Except for seven children, the rest have been discharged from the health centre, he said adding seven students, five of them girls, are being administered saline water.

District magistrate Lokesh Kumar Singh and circle officer of Bisfi have reached the health centre to inquire into the matter. Meanwhile, with the death of two more children, the death toll due to consumption of contaminated mid-day meal in Chhapra rose to 22 on Wednesday.
While 16 children, aged below 10 years and studying in Class I to V, had died in Chhapra itself, four others were declared dead on arrival at Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) late last night. Two died at the hospital this morning, official and PMCH sources said.
Among the dead were two children of a woman cook of the mid-day meal project Panno Devi. Three children of another woman cook Manju Devi are under treatment at PMCH along with her. Twenty five others are under medical supervision in PMCH, Superintendent of PMCH Amarkant Jha Azad said.

The superintendent said the ailing children were admitted to ICU of pediatric department and senior doctors were attending to them round-the-clock. The tragedy took place at the government primary school in Dahrmasati Gandawan village at Mashrakh block, about 25 km from Chhapra and 60 km from state capital on Tuesday.

BJP vice president CP Thakur, himself a doctor, told reporters it appears to be a case of acute poisoning after visiting PMCH. He said, as per reports, traces of organo phosphorous have been found in the meal served to children which is poisonous. Some women’s groups staged protest in Patna and also attacked the mid-day meal scheme state office.
Youth Congress workers led by its former state president Lallan Kumar and youth leader Rohit Kumar burnt effigy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Dak Bunglow chowk in the state capital.

A Chhapra report said that angry villagers attacked the government primary school at Dharmasatii Gandavan village in Mashrakh block and broke furniture and the oven on which the meal was cooked.
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