New Delhi: Several school children and teachers fell ill after consuming iron supplements in Delhi on Wednesday. These supplements were given under a government welfare scheme named as ‘Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana’, in the schools run by Delhi government.

At least 21 school children were admitted to various hospitals and 200 others complained of nausea. Health Minister AK Walia said, “Twenty one children were brought to seven hospitals with mild symptoms of stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, loose stool and metallic taste."

The students, aged 10-12 years, of two Sarvodaya schools in West Delhi's Bharat Nagar and Ashok Vihar area got ill after consuming the supplements.

"None of the patients was reported to be in serious condition. The symptoms started appearing after about two hours of administering the tablets. The affected children remained in hospitals for about five-six hours and were discharged after treatment," added Walia.

Under the government programme, 18 lakh tablets were distributed on Wednesday. "World-wide these symptoms are documented to be experienced in the initial doses of iron and folic acid tablets in about one percent of people. However, in case of Delhi, 0.01 percent of the total beneficiaries have reported these common mild side effects which is well within the acceptable levels," Walia added.

While eight children were admitted to Sunder Lal Jain Hospital in north Delhi, seven were taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in east Delhi, two in Jag Pravesh Chander Hospital in east Delhi, two in Hindu Rao Hospital in north Delhi, one in Hedgewar Aorgya Sansthan Hospital in east Delhi and one in B.R. Ambedkar hospital in east Delhi.

A case has been registered and investigation is on, a police officer added. “We are examining why the eight students fell ill," said Subhash Aggarwal, medical superintendent of Sunder Lal Jain Hospital.


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