30 students taken ill, 2 serious
THIRTY NURSING students of the College of Nursing, staying at the Nurses Hostel, MYH Compound, were taken ill with complaints of severe dysentery and vomiting late last night and early this morning. All of them were admitted to the MY Hospital, and while many have been discharged, the condition of two is said to be serious.india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 13:36 IST
THIRTY NURSING students of the College of Nursing, staying at the Nurses Hostel, MYH Compound, were taken ill with complaints of severe dysentery and vomiting late last night and early this morning. All of them were admitted to the MY Hospital, and while many have been discharged, the condition of two is said to be serious.
Though the nursing students have aired complaints of poor quality food being served at the hostel several times in the past, this is the first time that such a large number of students had taken ill.
The students firmly believe that they were taken ill due to contaminated water being used for cooking, and have a convincing explanation for it. The pipeline through which water is supplied to the hostel had got damaged on account of the road being constructed near the hostel.
As there was no water, the contractor Abhay Jaiswal, who prepared food for the girls, allegedly took water from a tank that is directly connected to the water cooler. Since the water cooler has been out of order for the past month no one has used the water of the tank.
The nursing students alleged that the contractor took the month old water from the tank and cooked food, which resulted in the illness.
Hostel superintendent R Mehta said that she was unsure why so many girls had fallen ill. She said she had asked the contractor whether he had used tank water for cooking food, but he told her that he had used water only for washing the utensils. Asked about the quality of food, she said it was good.
The girls, however, beg to differ. The unanimous opinion was that the food was substandard, and often the rice had insects in them, and the dal was invariably watery and the vegetables the cheapest available variety at that time. The girls were also cheesed over the fact that if they delayed in making payments to the contractor for the food, he charged them Rs 10 per day for each day’s delay.
Contractor Abhay Jaiswal denied he had used the stored water for cooking, but had no explanation as to why so many girls had been taken ill. Regarding the poor quality of food, he said it was not possible for him to provide better quality meals, twice a day, at Rs 590 per month.
Water sample taken
A SAMPLE of the water in the tank has been taken and has been sent for examination at the microbiology department of the MY Hospital. The results are awaited.