Over 100 more fall ill in Haryana after consuming iron pills

Over 100 more fall ill in Haryana after consuming iron pills

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Chandigarh: Over 100 more children were on Thursday taken ill in two districts of Haryana after they consumed iron and folic acid tablets being provided at government schools under a national scheme to combat anaemia.

"50 children started vomiting and had loose motions as well after the iron pills were given to them as per instructions of the higher authorities," said Sunil Kumar, officiating head teacher of Government Primary School at Mamadia Ahir village of Rewari district.

Eight seriously-ill children have been admitted to a trauma centre in Rewari, while other students are getting treatment at primary health centres in Khol and Siha villages, he said.

Similarly in Jind district, 66 school kids were taken ill after consuming the tablets in a school in Ghoghadia village, Medical Officer Jaspreet said.

He said the children were admitted to the health centre with complains of stomach-ache and vomiting, and were later released after treatment.

The medicine was given to them after the mid-day meal.

Nearly 1,000 students had fallen ill after consuming iron tablets in government schools in several districts of Haryana during the past few days.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, however, sought to allay fear over administering of the medicines, saying that as many as 18 lakh children are being given the medicines under the programme.

"It is a national programme being carried out under the prescription of doctors to combat anaemia in children, so that they remain mentally and physically fit," Hooda told reporters in Chandigarh.

He said there are some preventive measures which need to be taken while administering the tablets.

These pills should be administered to children only after the meals, and not be given to ailing children, Hooda said.

Officials also termed the iron dosage as necessary, pointing out that nearly 70 per cent children in the state are anaemic.

"16 lakh children have been given iron pills in the state and only one among 2,000 has complained of nausea, vomiting or stomach-ache. These are mild side effects that last for short duration," said Rakesh Gupta, Director of NRHM (Haryana).

He said most of the cases reported from rural areas are psychological, hysteric or having domino effect.

The children who took the pills empty stomach with little water complained about the side effects, Gupta said.

PTI

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