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26 schoolchildren hospitalised after mid-day meal in Delhi


IANS

New Delhi
As many as 26 students of a government school here were hospitalised after eating their mid-day meal prompting the Delhi government to order inspection of all mid-day meal kitchens in the city.
Police have registered an FIR after a formal complaint was received from the school. A police officer said the 26 students of classes 6 to 8 fell sick after having the meal at their school in Narela area of north Delhi. They were then rushed to Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital."Early symptoms included abdominal pain, dizziness and vomiting,"the officer said."We have initiated an inquiry to find out if it was negligence on part of the school or the food caterer."Though the children's condition improved after a few hours, they are still under observation and haven't been discharged yet, he added. Meanwhile, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered inspection of all mid-day meal kitchens in the city and warned of strict action, including termination of contract and suspension of officials if negligence found on their part."This is a serious matter. Officials have been told to inspect all the kitchens over the next week and take strict action if any irregularity is found. All the stakeholders will have to get their act together otherwise, they may face suspension,"he said.

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