At least 21 students of a government-run primary school fell ill after consuming a mid-day meal in Chhattisgarh. The incident took place at a village in the state’s Janjgir-Champa district, the police said.
The incident comes under the Pamgarh police station limits, and a senior police official from there says that reportedly the mid-day meal included fungus-infected pickles. This led the students to fall sick and suffer from vomiting and nausea after eating the meal. This unfit meal was served to the students of a school in Pendri village.
Noticing that the children were not feeling well, the school teachers immediately rushed them to the local community health centre in Pamgarh. The senior police official said that their condition had been reported to be normal.
On the face of it, the fungus-infected pickles which were served along with the mid-day meal seem to be the reason behind making the children sick. However, an official said that a probe will also be carried out in order to reach the root cause of the incident. Investigation has begun already and further action will be taken based on its findings.
Soon after this incident, another case of children falling ill after consuming a mid-day meal was reported from Madhya Pradesh. It occurred at Pipalkota village in Khandwa district, where 45 students in a government-run school complained of colic, vomiting and uneasiness after eating a mid-day meal.