Last updated: Dec 03, 2022, 10:18 AM IST
Twenty-seven schoolgirls were admitted to hospital on Friday after drinking milk served under a recently launched scheme by the state government, officials said. The incident happened in Hanumangarh city.
The girls from grades 1 to 8 were given milk powder today at Government Girls Higher Secondary School under the guidance of Mukhyamantri Bal Gopal Yojna. After drinking milk, 27 students were hospitalized after complaining of vomiting and nausea, Chief Medical and Health Officer OP Chahar said.
He said 22 students have been sent home after treatment, while the remaining five are being treated.
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The sample of the water mixed into the milk powder has been sent for lab testing, the CMO added.
Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot launched the scheme on November 29, under which milk prepared from powdered milk is provided to children from grades 1 to 8 every Tuesday and Friday.
The opposition BJP party has accused the Congress government of toying with children’s health.
Rajasthan Assembly Deputy Opposition Leader Rajendra Rathore targeted the state government.
He tweeted: “Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, please reply, who is responsible for the poor health of girls in Hanumangarh due to half-baked preparations for the Mukhyamantri Bal Gopal Yojna scheme that involved serving milk. By all means, don’t play with children’s lives .”
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