Nine students at a government school in the national capital ended up in the hospital on Thursday, after they consumed a mid-day meal in which a dead rat was allegedly found.
The students from the Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School in Deoli area were immediately taken to the Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, after they reported feeling nauseous and complained of acute pain in their stomach and head post consuming the meal.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who visited the children in the hospital, took to Twitter saying, “A rat has been found in the mid-day meal in a government school. Nine students were rushed to hospital. I have spoken to doctors and the children are fine.”
He further informed that an FIR is also being lodged and that from Friday onwards, their own officers will monitor the cooking of food in the kitchen.
“An FIR has been lodged against the midday meal supplier and we will also blacklist him. We will not tolerate any carelessness when it comes to the health of children,” Sisodia said.
This is not the first time that students have fallen ill after consuming a mid-day meal. Back in 2015, in Bihar, 66 students had taken ill after eating a mid-day meal at a primary school.
The children, students of class one to five, began vomiting and fell unconscious after eating the meal, head mistress of Govindpur Sanduari Primary School Sunita Kumari said. The head cook, who had tasted the food before serving it to the children, too started vomiting and fell unconscious, she said.
-- With inputs from Agencies
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