National De-worming Day – Over 100 students taken ill after consuming tablets

BHOPAL :  Over 100 school children in different parts of the state were taken ill after they were administered de-worming tablets in schools on the occasion of National Deworming Day on Wednesday. Reports of students complaining of uneasiness, stomach ache and nausea after taking the tablets have come in from Jhabua, Sanchi, Bhind, Raisen, Mandla and Ratangarh. However, government said that only 70 students were affected.

In Jhabua, 33 students were hospitalised when they complained of stomach pain and vomiting after consuming de-worming tablets. The students belonged to Bawadi Girls hostel and Kudwas school of Petlawad in Jhabua. Fourteen girls were hostellers and 19 were day scholars. Tablets were distributed from loose packets.

Similarly, in Ratangarh, two dozen girl students of a Girls Higher Secondary School complained of stomach pain and nausea. They were rushed to the district hospital. Twelve students of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Sanchi, Raisen district, complained of same problems after they were administered tablets. Similarly, unspecified number students in Mandla and 16 in Raisen were also hospitalised. Around 17 students reported the same problems in Bhind.

Deputy Director NHM Dr Pragya Tiwari, while talking to Free press, said, “We administered de-worming tablets to 1.5 crore students from age-group 01-19 years and 70 of them from different places complained of problems. This is a negligible figure. There is no cause for panic. I was in regular touch with all CMHOs of 51 districts.”

180 children taken ill in Bihar

Patna: At least 180 school children in Bihar were taken ill after they were administered de-worming Albendazole tablets on Wednesday, officials said. About 100 children fell ill at the Maghra Middle School in Biharsharif district headquarters of Nalanda, 37 children in Jamui, 36 in Sitamarhi, four in East Champaran and two in Rohtas district.

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