Twenty-four people including 21 children were being provided medical care on Tuesday after consuming mid-day meal in which a lizard was found at an anganwadi centre in Shilpuri village of Raisen district.
The children were rushed to Raisen district hospital where the condition of four of them was said to be critical. Collector of Raisen district, JK Jain, cancelled the license of the self-help group that was responsible for providing the mid-day meal.
The 21 children, an anganwadi worker and two other women complained of stomach-ache and nausea on Tuesday after consuming ‘kheer’ which was served as part of the mid-day meal. Villagers later said they found a dead lizard in the dish.
This is the third incident in Madhya Pradesh in August wherein children have fallen ill after consuming mid-day meals. Fifty children had earlier fallen sick in Gora Sukarbada village in Babai block of Hoshangabad district on August 21. Around 60 children were admitted to a hospital on August 15 after consuming food at a government primary school in Balapur village of Ichchwar in Sehore district.