Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kanas, Nov 29:
At least 280 students of a government school in Odisha’s Puri district have fallen ill after taking their midday meals at the school on Friday and have been admitted to different hospitals in the district.
The students of Jaguleipadar Nodal Upper Primary school under Kanas block in Puri district developed headache and started vomiting while some even fainted after taking their mid day meals at the school on Friday.
They developed symptoms of sickness soon after being served rice and soyabean curry in their mid-day meal in the school at around 1.30 PM.
Panicky guardians rushed their wards to different hospitals using bikes, auto-rickshaws, 108 ambulances and whatever came their way.
The students have been admitted to the Community Health Centre (CHC) at Kanas and hospitals at Sahupada, Gadishagada, Nirakarpur, Khordha and Puri. The condition of some students remained serious, reports said. Tension prevailed in the area following the incident.
As news about the incident spread, a medical team reached the school and collected samples of the cooked food taken by the students at the school.
Jaguleipadar Nodal Upper Primary school has classes from class I to class VIII with 382 students on its rolls.
TOn being contacted, the headmaster of the school Gobardhan Behera tried to shirk responsibility saying he was away from the school on an urgent work at the time and was not present during the serving of the mid day meal. He claimed that he had gone to the Block Education Officer’s office on an urgent work and said that he had assigned the job to another teacher.
However, some eyewitnesses claimed that they had seen the headmaster in the school at the time of serving of the midday meals.