Girls fall ill; samples of vitamin `A` sent for laboratory testing
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 14:09
  
Sirsa (Haryana): Samples of Vitamin 'A' have been sent for laboratory testing after 150 girl students of a government school in Kalanwali town near here fell ill after being given the dose.

The condition of the 49 students, who were in a critical condition after being given the dose Friday, was now stable, Dr O P Hooda, Civil Surgeon, said here Saturday.

All the girl students of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Kalanwali are responding to the treatment, he said.

150 girls were taken ill after administration of Vitamin 'A' following which they were admitted to Kalanwali Civil Dispensary from where they were referred to the Sirsa Civil Hospital after their condition further deteriorated.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Chaudhary, who visited the school with health department officials, said that an inquiry will be held in to the whole episode to know the exact cause of the tragedy.

The expiry date on the Vitamin 'A' was mentioned as November 2010. The samples of the medicine have also been taken for detailed laboratory testing after which further action would be taken in the matter, officials said.

A team of two doctors, comprising Mamta and Gurjant Singh, came to the Government Girls Senior Secondary School to administer the dose.

School's principal Sukhmandar Kaur said that after administration of the vitamin, almost all the 152 students of classes 6, 7 and 8 felt nausea, vomited and soon became unconscious.

The incident comes close on the heels of four children dying after being administered anti-measles vaccine during a government immunisation drive in Mohanlalganj area in Lucknow.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 14:09


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