Odisha: Dead lizard in mid-day meal

Bhubaneswar, Aug 3 : It seems mid-day meals at government schools are no longer safe for children.

After the Bihar mid-day meal tragedy that claimed 23 lives recently, the latest news is from a primary school at Hinjili in Odisha's Ganjam district where a dead lizard was found in the food served to the students.

According to reports, a dead lizard was found in mid-day meals supplied by a private organization, Nandi Foundation, at Regedi Primary School on Friday.

"There was a dead lizard in the food. But it was not given to students. Instead, the 120 children of the school were served biscuits for lunch," Hinjili Block Development Officer (BDO) Subhransu Mishra told reporters.

"We have started investigation in this regard," he said.

Earlier on July 25, a lizard was found in soya curry at Regedi Primary School.

In Bihar, contaminated drinking water at government schools had put at least 67 students in hospital in the state, said reports on Friday.

At least 12 students were hospitalized in Patna, a day after they drank 'contaminated water' from a tube well at their government school at Chhapra district.

In another incident, as many as 55 girl students were admitted to a hospital on Friday after they fell sick due to drinking 'contaminated' water from a hand pump at their school at Sitamarhi district.

Doctors treating the students said they are stable at present.

--IBNS (Posted on 03-08-2013)

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