Dead rats in mid-day meal: 9 students hospitalised in Delhi

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Four students had complained of vomiting and the others had stomach ache (Representational Image)

Nine students of a government school in the national capital fell sick and were hospitalised on February 17 after eating midday meal in which dead rats were allegedly found.

The meal which was served at Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School in Deoli area was contaminated after two rats found their way to into the curry.

“While the food was being served, two rats found their way into the sabzi [curry] given to some children from classes 6 to 8. Teachers found the rats and raised an alarm,” a teacher said.

According to a member of the school management, one rat was thrown away, but the other was kept for inspection.

The students were rushed to the Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital in Malviya Nagar.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said the food supplier Jan Chetna Jagriti & Shaikshanik Vikas would be blacklisted and a FIR will be filed against the supplier. He also visited the students at the hospital.

“A rat has been found in midday meal in a government school. Nine students were rushed to the hospital. I have spoken to doctors and the children are fine,” Sisodia tweeted.

Four students had complained of vomiting and the others had stomach ache, according to an official of the Directorate of Education (DoE)

According to the medical superintendent of the hospital, the condition of the students was stable and that they were under observation. “They will be discharged in a while after symptomatic treatment,” he said.

Congress leader Kiran Walia while demanding the enquiry has asked for strict supervision on the cleanliness and hygiene during food preparation

“There was aloo puri on the menu today. While the food was being served, two rats found their way into the sabzi given to some children from classes VI-VIII. Teachers found the rats and raised an alarm. Some of the students began to feel sick and were eventually taken to the hospital. We then informed the police,” a teacher said.

“Such great negligence in matters relating to children will not be tolerated. From tomorrow, mid-day meals will be prepared in the presence of our officers,” Sisodia said in a series of tweets.