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Noida food poisoning: Step by Step School states 190 fell sick

This is much higher than the initial estimate of 25-30 affected individuals, officials said.

noida Updated: Apr 10, 2018 22:34 IST
Snehil Sinha
Snehil Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Health department officials will inspect the school in the next two days.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The Step By Step school in Noida has submitted a report to the district health department confirming that 190 students and staff had fallen sick after consuming allegedly contaminated food on Thursday.

This is much higher than the initial estimate of 25-30 affected individuals, officials said.

The detailed report, submitted by the school, mentions the name and class of students and the staff members, along with symptoms reported by them. According to the report, children of all classes, nursery to class 12, were affected. In addition, some staff members and their relatives also reported falling sick. Most people complained of vomiting, nausea and stomach ache.

As per the list submitted by the school, 51 children of the senior school (classes 6 to 12) were affected while eight from nursery and kindergarten classes, six staff members and four other employees had fallen sick. The maximum number of students who fell sick were from the junior classes. The school reported that 121 students of classes 1 to 5 fell sick.

“Based on an initial assessment by doctors, it seems to be a case of food poisoning. As soon as we received the information, the school immediately suspended the services of Sodexo, the operator of the canteen,” the report stated.

A copy of the report was also sent to the district magistrate, food and drug administration department and other departments concerned. Officials of the school said they are in regular contact with all parents and staff who fell sick and are taking stock of their health condition.

Officials of the health department said the school has apologised for not letting officials enter the school to collect food samples earlier on Thursday. The school’s report will be analysed and sent to the state authorities soon, officials said.

“We have spoken to some children and parents but have not visited the school. We’ll be visiting the school for an inspection in the next two days,” Anurag Bhargava, chief medical officer (CMO), Gautam Budh Nagar, said.

Meanwhile, three hospitals — Max, Jaypee and Apollo — have sent written reports to the health department confirming the admission of 34 students last Thursday. All the hospitals stated students were suffering from food poisoning, with symptoms of vomiting and stomach ache, and that the children have been discharged. The department is waiting for reports from other hospitals and nursing homes where other students were admitted.

First Published: Apr 10, 2018 22:34 IST