26 Students Fall Sick After Consuming Mid-Day Meal At Delhi’s Government School

26 students fell sick after consuming mid-day meal in a government school situated in Narela, Delhi. The students were admitted to a nearby hospital.

A senior police officer said, “We have received information that about 26 students fell ill after they consumed mid-day meal. They have been taken to Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital”.

According to the hospital authorities, the children had complained of abdominal pain which was caused due to the bad quality of food.

A senior Doctor further added, “All students are stable and likely to be discharged soon”.

This is the second such incident within a week. Earlier two girls had fallen ill on Saturday after they had mid-day meal at a Delhi government school in East Delhi’s Khichdipur in which a dead lizard was allegedly found.

The mid-day meal scheme has been operational in Delhi for nearly 15 years. On November 2001 Supreme Court order made it compulsory for all government and government-assisted primary schools to provide the meals. Two years later, the programme was first implemented in Delhi in 410 MCD schools, and in 2004, it was extended to primary classes of Sarvodaya schools, under the Directorate of Education. In October 2007, the scheme was revised to cover children in upper primary classes as well from 6th to 8th.

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