Dead snake found in mid-day meals at a primary school in Jharkhand

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Dhanbad (Jharkhand), June 10 (ANI): A dead snake was found in mid-day meals served to students of a primary school in Jharkhand's Dhanbad district on Tuesday.

Nearly 60 students of the Government primary school in Govindpur area of Dhanbad have fallen ill after eating the food given to them under Centre's programme.

Reportedly, the students saw one of the school staff taking out the dead reptile and tossing it out.

"The children panicked when they found a snake in their meal and saw a man throwing out the dead snake. When I reached home I heard about a child having fallen ill and reportedly vomiting. Then one by one many children were brought to the hospital as they suffered from nausea," said Mohammad, guardian of a student.

The students have been admitted to Patliputra Medical College.ccording to the doctors, these children are suffering from dehydration, vomiting and abdominal pain.

"The condition of children who were given saline is still not stable. Once they are out of dehydration then a clear picture will come out of their health, " said Dr. U. Prasad, physician, Patliputra Medical College and Hospital.

Meanwhile, District Education Superintendent Ratan Mahaveer has assured the worried parents that thorough probe will be conducted in the matterarlier on May 29, a dead frog was found in mid-day meal given to students of a Bhopal school.

Mid-day Meal Scheme, initiated by Central government, involves providing free lunch to school-children on all working days.

The main objectives of the largest school lunch scheme in the world are increasing school enrolment and attendance, improving socialization among children belonging to all castes, addressing malnutrition and social empowerment. (ANI)

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