Bilaspur, 3 July-2014, Outlook: A thirteen years old girl died due to suspected food poisoning after eating midday meal at her school in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh today.
Ten other students took ill and were admitted to the hospital, police said.
Durga Nishad, a std 6th student, went to the washroom at the Government Higher Secondary School, Shankar Nagar, after having the mid-day meal. Other students heard her scream and found her lying unconscious inside, said Bilaspur City Superintendent of Police Madhulika Singh.
She was declared ‘brought dead’ at the district hospital, Singh added.
Ten other students of std 6th and 7th were also admitted to the district hospital after they complained of vomiting and uneasiness.
However, doctors at the district hospital said that preliminary examination showed that Nishad did not die due to food poisoning. A disorder like epilepsy may be the reason behind the death, Civil Surgeon B R Nanda said, adding that autopsy would throw more light on it.
The condition of other students was normal and very soon they will be discharged, he said.
A statement issued by the Delhi Government said 12 girl students were taken to LBS hospital where a team of doctors of Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojna was sent to coordinate with the hospital authorities.
The students were from classes II, V, VI, VII and one of the students was from class IX, who as per policy is not entitled for the meal as it is served to only primary and upper primary class students, the statement said.
Deputy Director of Education (East) Saroj Bala Sain immediately sent two Principals of nearby schools to the school after the incident came to light and representatives of Sriram Institute for Industrial Research also reached the spot to collect food sample for lab test, it said.
Sain even met the Deputy Medical Superintendent of LBS hospital, who has constituted a committee of Doctors for regular observation of the students.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Haroon Yusuf and party chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma have demanded the arrest of those involved in preparing the meal and initiate a high-level probe into the matter.
“Party has also requested Lt Governor Najeeb Jung that the organisations and contractors, who supply midday meals to schools, should be reevaluated and the guilty should be blacklisted,” Sharma said.