70 kids fall ill after mid-day meal in Chhattisgarh

January 4th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Jan 4 (IANS) At least 70 primary school children have fallen ill after eating their mid-day meal in a remote village of Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district, health officials said Sunday.The incident reportedly occurred Saturday at a primary school in Nadia village, some 210 km from here.

“The school kids were offered a sweet dish, khir-puri, around 2 p.m. Saturday, but all of them began vomiting after half an hour,” A.K. Bansore, block medical officer, told IANS over telephone.

The health department immediately organised a camp at the village to provide proper treatment to the kids, Bansore said.

The kids were still complaining of stomach problems and also vomiting when last reports came in Sunday morning.

Angry parents, who are now holding a demonstration at the health camp, alleged that the doctors came to their children’s rescue at least five hours after they had complained of vomiting and stomach pain.

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