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Troublesome trend: Students a neglected lot during VIP visits

Fainting of 32 girls in Allahabad during an event addressed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday is an example how students are neglected during VIP visits.

lucknow Updated: Jan 30, 2018 14:14 IST
Gaurav Saigal
Gaurav Saigal
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
15,000 girl students from around 2500 Vidya Bharti schools, Sanskar Kendras and Ekal Vidyalayas from 49 districts of eastern UP attended the Samutkarsha Balika Shivir in Allahabad on Sunday.(HT File )

Fainting of 32 girls in Allahabad during an event addressed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday is an example how students are neglected during VIP visits.

  • Fainting is an indication that the body has lost some vital elements necessary to keep organs functioning properly. Fainting usually happens during hot climate but can happen during winter too.
  • One condition is less blood to the brain.
  • If you feel dizzy after being exposed to cold temperatures, it could be because blood vessels are constricting and carrying less blood to brain.
  • During winter, fainting can happen also due to hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) or dehydration if one is sitting in a crowded place and sun is on the top.

“The root cause behind such incidents is the ignorance of the school authorities who make students stand as workers without thinking of their health,” said Dr Ashutosh Verma, a paediatrician.

He said apart from heat, another possible reason for such incidents is hypoglycemia or low blood glucose due to long gap in the intake of food.

“Another reason is postural hypotension which occurs when you make someone stand or sit in the same posture for long. But the root cause is common – ignorance towards students,” Dr Verma said.

“There is a simple solution to the problem. It is best to call students 20 minutes before the chief guest arrives,” said Urvashi Sahni, founder and CEO of Study Hall Educational Foundation.

The foundation also runs Prerna School for underprivileged girls. For such events, students are counselled to eat well before they come for the function.

“Usually we find poor girls coming without eating anything. In many houses food is first served to father and brother(s). We make them understand that food is their right and they should eat something when they begin their day,” Sahni said.

According to Dr Verma, children have very poor reserve of fat or energy, particularly during the first half of the day.

“Schools need to start a system of double tiffin when calling them for such events. Children should eat before the function and then again after the event is over. It would be great if schools serve food to children,” he said.

“Heat and cold both trouble the human body if it is exposed for long,” said Prof Kauser Usman, senior faculty at the department of medicine, King George’s Medical University.

“Psychologically too, if one student faints those next to him feels the same,” he added.

Similar incidents have been reported in the past too.

In December 2016, girls started shivering at the inauguration event for women hockey tournament in Meerut as the minister came five hours late.

In September 2012, several children had fainted during a school function when the minister arrived at the venue three hours late.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 14:14 IST