Eighteen students belonging to the government school at Kesarpura in Ajmer district were taken to JLN Hospital on Saturday with complaints of feeling nauseated, suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps after having milk, which was served in their midday meal.
The health department claimed that all the kids, aged between 4 and 11 years, were stable, the headmaster and midday meal in-charge of the school were suspended.
The incident occurred at Arjun Pura Khalsa School where the students were given milk soon after their classes started off at 10 am and aloo sabzi and roti (potato curry with chapatti) at lunch.
Sources say at first only two students came running with complaints of stomach ache soon after having milk. When more children came up with a similar set of complaints, the school administration immediately had to inform health department officials, who then rushed them to the hospital in ambulances.
Some children who were undergoing treatment at the hospital initially also said that it started with stomach cramps as soon as they consumed milk.
After that, some vomited and also suffered stomach ache and many children then started moving to hospitals to undergo treatment.
District collector Vishwa Mohan Sharma, who visited the hospital, said all the children were mostly stable. “We have asked the education department to take disciplinary action,” Sharma said.
Acting on Sharma’s order, district education officer Devi Singh Kacchawa suspended two school staff.
“Action has been taken against headmaster Khoob Chand Maghani and midday meal in-charge Meena Sharma,” Kacchawa said.