| Siti Hajar |
OVER 30 students were suspected to have food poisoning yesterday during school hours after consuming what was believed to have been tainted food.
In a press release issued by the Ministry of Education, it was confirmed that 37 students from Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Primary School, Jalan 10, complained of abdominal pains and were vomitting around break time in the morning. Some of them were transported to RIPAS Hospital by ambulance while others were taken to the hospital by their parents who were alerted about the incident close to noon.
Out of the 37 students, six were warded, while four others were under observation. The press release added that all 37 students were in stable condition.
Some parents who were not reachable at the time of the incident had only learnt about their children’s condition when they arrived at school at noon time, which would normally be the time they would fetch their children.
“My nine-year-old daughter was transported by ambulance. I was told she had vomited a number of times even before she arrived at the hospital,” said a mother.
“It was my younger daughter who had informed me of the incident when I arrived to pick them up from school.”
For another parent whose 11-year-old son was also warded on the same floor, the experience was slightly traumatising especially for the children, many of whom have never been admitted to hospital.
“I started to cry when I saw him in pain,” she said. “We were told to wait for the ambulance when I arrived at the school but we opted instead to drive him to the hospital.”
Among those whom the Bulletin spoke to as well was another 10-year-old patient who, like the others, was administered with IV fluids.
“I started feeling unwell an hour after break time when we had something to drink. I had a headache and my tummy started to hurt and then I started vomiting,” she explained.
“I wasn’t really scared. I was just in a lot of pain,” added the student who was accompanied by a teacher during the ambulance ride to the hospital.
The Ministry of Education, in a statement, assured that they are working closely with the relevant authorities and are still awaiting medical reports to ascertain the cause of the incident.
“Advice has been given out and arrangements have been made for all pupils concerned to acquire follow-up medical checks (today),” explained the ministry.
The ministry, meanwhile, reminded the public not to spread unconfirmed information and speculation regarding the incident.