At least 12 students of Singhal Stars School here were admitted to a private clinic after they complained of uneasiness due to respiratory problem. This is the second incident in five days as almost 15 students of this school were admitted to the civil hospital on Saturday after they complained of similar problem.
The students, who were admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, said that they felt like inhaling some gas in the afternoon, after which their condition deteriorated. “In the afternoon, I suddenly felt as if I have inhaled some gas and I started vomiting,” said a student of class-6. The school is situated on the Barnala-Sirsa road and students were attending their classes on the first floor.
The parents of the students expressed disappointment over the reaction of the administration as well as the school authorities. “Some of the students faced similar problems last Saturday and they were even admitted to the hospital. But, neither the district administration nor the school authorities have taken any preventive measures to trace the reasons,” said one of the parents.
When contacted, child specialist Dr Rajeev Singla, who attended the students on both the occasions, said that prima facie it looked a case of respiratory allergy. “It looks as if the students had some respiratory allergy for which I have given them suitable medicines and they are doing fine. However, the source of gas, if any, cannot be traced by us,” said the doctor.
The school authorities said that a dusty storm in the afternoon was the reason behind this. “It was a dusty storm in the afternoon and most of the students were found to have dust in their eyes during treatment. I had invited a doctor form the civil hospital on Saturday and asked him to review the situation. The school had remained closed on Monday after the incident on Saturday last,” said principal Geeta Mittal.
The district police arrived at the school and carried out an inspection in nearby areas but were clueless.. “We have not been able to ascertain the exact reason behind this and we are inspecting the nearby areas,” said deputy superintendent of police Rupinder Bhardwaj.