Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cleaniness is Godliness and without illness!

Prasad leaves 895 ill in Bhubaneswar school
Indo-Asian News Service
Bhubaneswar, August 30, 2006

At least 895 people, including 200 children, were taken ill after consuming 'prasad' (food distributed to devotees) after prayers to Hindu god Ganesh in their school in Orissa's Mayurbhanj district, an official said Wednesday.
Around 200 students of Nodal English Medium School and Ashram School at Rangamatia village, near Baripada, around 260 kms from Bhubaneswar, jointly held prayers on Sunday in their school campus as part of the ongoing Ganesh festival.
Once the rituals were over, they all ate prasad - a sweet mixture of flattened rice, jaggery and banana - provided by the school authorities, District Medical Officer Rabinarayan Kanungo said. Many children also took the prasad home to their family members, he added.
All those who consumed the preparation complained of health problems like fever, vomiting and loose motions. "We came to know after people came to the local hospital for treatment," said Kanungo. Local health officials have been rushed to treat the affected people."
Kanungo said, at least 895 people have taken ill since Sunday. He added that around 54 are undergoing treatment in the local hospital and 80 in a hospital in Baripada, which is the district headquarters. The remaining are being treated in their homes. The condition of all the patients is stable, he said.District health officials have collected the food samples for testing to ascertain the cause of food poisoning, said Kanungo.

Another related story:

70 children take ill after consuming contaminated food
Press Trust of India
Sitamarhi, April 15, 200519:30 IST

Nearly 70 children were taken ill after consuming contaminated food and water at a fair on the banks of the Lakhandei river in Bihar's Sitamarhi town on Friday.
The children were admitted to the Sadar hospital and some nursing homes with symptoms of food poisoning after they took "contaminated chaat and water" at the fair, district Deputy Development Officer (DDC) P C Chaudhary said.
"Nearly 70 children residing in Kotbazaar locality of the town had gone to the fair held on the occasion of Chaiti Chhat festival where they consumed contaminated food and water. They were admitted to various hospitals following complaints of gastrointestinal disorder," he said.
Chaudhary, who visited the Sadar Hospital and nursing homes, said all children were now out of danger but a watch would be kept till this evening as a precautionary measure.,000900030002.htm


Blogger Sifar said...

I was surfing the web and came across this news article that further illustrates the double standard of Indian Government and that of its opposition as well. On one hand they claim to be democratic and secular and at the same time they want people of other beliefs (non Hindus) to sing the praises of some deity (here Mother India) in the name of patriotism…

I just thought that readers might be interested in reading this news article.

Please click here to read the complete news article...

Chardi Kala….

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