BHAWANIPATNA: Over 150 students from five different schools fell sick after consuming mid-day meals in Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district in the state on Thursday. These schools are situated at Bandhpari, Luma, Kubri, Dangri and Rajendrapur villages. As per reports, the students suffered from vomiting, head reeling and stomach pain after taking mid-day meals in the schools. The affected students were brought to Government hospital at Biswanathpur. Two students were referred to Bhawanipatna Government Hospital after their condition worsened.
Sources said cooked food is being provided to 13,820 students of 176 schools in Lanjigarh block. The meals are sent to different schools through hired vehicles. The mid-day meal is prepared, managed and supplied by Mana Trust with financial assistance from Vedanta.
Meanwhile, District Education Officer (DEO) Pradip Kumar Naik rushed to Biswanathpur to take stock of the situation. He said though mid-day meals were sent to all 176 schools, students of only five schools have been affected. “The cooked food was brought to these five affected schools by the same hired vehicle. It is difficult to determine whether the food was contaminated or was adulterated in the vehicle en route to the schools before conducting an enquiry,” he said.
Naik further said that the condition of the affected students has improved and the situation is under control. “Except 11 students, all others have been discharged from the hospital after treatment,’’ he added.
Kalahandi Collector Anjan Kumar Manik said the DEO, Sub-Collector and local Tehsildar are monitoring the situation closely. A probe has been ordered into the incident and the exact cause of the students falling sick can be ascertained after the enquiry report is out, he added.