In a concerning incident, more than 100 students from a private residential school in Jharkhand’s Pakur district have fallen ill after consuming their evening meal. The students reported feelings of nausea, headaches, and discomfort, with some alleging the discovery of a lizard in their food.
The distressing episode unfolded following dinner on Wednesday night when a significant number of students began experiencing health issues. Suspicions were raised as students claimed to have found a lizard in the food they had consumed.
In response to the alarming situation, swift action was taken to ensure the affected students received the necessary medical attention. Approximately 65 students were urgently transported to a hospital located in the nearby Rampurhat area of West Bengal’s Birbhum district. Simultaneously, an additional 45 students were placed under observation at the Pakuria Community Health Centre, as confirmed by Dr. MK Tekriwal, the district civil surgeon.
Manoj Kumar, the block development officer in Pakuria, disclosed that while three students continue to receive medical care at the Rampurhat hospital, the others have been discharged after their conditions stabilized.
The incident has prompted concerns regarding food safety and hygiene standards at the private residential school. Local authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain the cause of the students’ illnesses and the alleged presence of a lizard in their meal.
Efforts will likely be made to prevent similar incidents in the future, ensuring the well-being and safety of students at educational institutions in the region.