Nine students of Delhi Government School hospitalized after eating Mid-Day meal contaminated by dead rodent

Supply of mid-day meal in the school was being done by a private firm. the minister has announced, that the firm will be blacklisted, a show-cause notice has also been served

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New Delhi, Feb 17, 2017: Nine students from a Government school in South Delhi were hospitalized on Thursday after eating midday meal contaminated by a dead rodent, which was found in the meal served to students. All of them were said to be out of danger.

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The rodent was found at the Government Boys Senior Secondary School in Deoli area. The Teachers said that the dead rat was found when the food was served to few student. After that, nine students were rushed to a nearby hospital immediately.

 According to Hindustan Times, “The food was being served to the students when someone found the dead rat. The situation in the government school is very bad despite the tall claims made by this government,” said a teacher, on condition of anonymity.

“A rat found in midday meal of a govermentschool. Nine students (who had eaten food) were immediately rushed to the hospital (Madan Mohan Malaviya). I have talked to doctors and the students are safe now,” DelhiDeputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted.

Mr. Sisodia further tweeted, “Doing an FIR against the mid-day meal supplier. We will blacklist him as well. Such irresponsibility in the case of children will not be tolerated.”

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Mr. Sisodia also visited the hospital to enquire after the students and took stock of the situation. He assured of strict action against those found guilty.

Mr. Sisodia claimed that the rat was found in a utensil full of curry and then the announcement was made immediately prohibiting every student to eat the food. “Meanwhile some students had eaten a bit and they were rushed to the hospital. Our officers will remain in the hospital,” he said.

“The meals will now be prepared at the school kitchen in presence of our officers,” Sisodia added.

Directorate of Education (DOE) officials said the supply of mid-day meal in the school was being done by a private firm. “As the minister has already announced, the firm will be blacklisted. A show-cause notice has also been served,” officials said to Hindustan Times

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Dr. R Chugh, Medical Superintendent of Madan Mohan Malviya hospital said, “Nine kids have come to the hospital with abdominal pain. They are stable and are being observed. They will be discharged in a while after symptomatic treatment.”

 

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