Mumbai: BMC gives clean chit to drinking water at Govandi school

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has apparently given a clean chit to the drinking water supply that it used at the civic-run Sanjay Nagar’s Municipal Urdu School, where most children had fallen ill. However, the civic body doesn’t know what caused illness to as many as 470 children in Govandi. “The water samples are fit for consumption. We still do not know what caused the illness,” said an M-East ward official.

These children from Baiganwadi area in Govandi were rushed to nearby hospitals after they were diagnosed with abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had collected four samples of the iron and folic acid tablets administered to the students on August 6 to assess drug toxicity while the civic health department collected water samples from the school to probe other factors that may be responsible for the mass hospitalisation.

The BMC now awaits the FDA report on iron and folic acid tablets. Over 900 children were given the tablets last week. The doctors have confirm they stopped supply of the entire batch of iron and folic tablets until the final reports from FDA arrives. The report is being made on priority basis.

A 12-year-old Chandani Shaikh had died on August 10 after she consumed iron and folic tablets at the school. Panicked parents had rushed their children to Rajawadi and Govandi Shatabi hospitals fearing that the medicines administered under the Centre’s National Iron Plus Initiative were responsible for the students falling ill.

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