Around 20 students of Shaheed Manohar Lal Government High School at Bhuna village here complained of stomachache, nausea and dizziness after they were administered medicine to treat worm infections on Wednesday.
Eighteen of 20 students were admitted to the Bhuna health care centre and later, five of them were referred to the Fatehabad civil hospital, after a health team found their condition serious.
As per details, the district health authorities had sent a medical team to the school to administer abendazole medicine to the students. As soon as the students were treated, they started vomiting and complained of stomachache and uneasiness.
The students' parents reached the health community centre after they received the information.
They told mediapersons that the health authorities had dispatched the medicines whose shelf life had expired which affected the health of their children.
They demanded an inquiry into the incident and action against those who had put their children's life at risk.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Bhuna senior medical officer RK Goyal admitted that after students were administered the medicine, they fell sick, but refuted the allegations that the medicine's shelf life had expired.
He said: "The medicine is fresh and will expire in 2015. But still, an inquiry will be conducted into the incident and the medicine will not be administered in other government schools."
Stating that abendazole tablets were given to kill stomach germs and increase blood in human body, he said the students' health was under control and those admitted to the hospital were out of danger.