Ajmer: Seventeen students of a government school in Ajmer district of Rajasthan have been hospitalised after consuming milk served during the mid-day meal on Saturday. The students from Arjun Pura Khalsa School were hospitalised after they complained of nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps. Their condition is stable now.
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Speaking to ANI, KK Seni, Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) said,
Seventeen children were rushed to the hospital but they are stable now. The Food Safety Officer was sent to take the food samples of the meal. The medical team is present at the location. A total of 80 students are being screened. Further probe is on.
Arjun Pura village headman Shakti Rawat has demanded strict action against school authorities for negligence.
The incidents created a social media furore and many users of the micro-blogging site Twitter expressed their anger. A user wrote,
Another mid-day meal tragedy. Worms found in food.
Another mid-day meal tragedy :/
Worms found in food. #ajmer
— Manisha (@manisha4000) July 28, 2013
Another user wrote,
Free snake and insects in mid-day meal in Ajmer; kids die after govt-sponsored mid-day meal in Bihar … food for thought indeed.