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Iron pill trouble: 133 kids fall ill in 2 Haryana dists
Sushil Manav/TNS

Sirsa/Fatehabad, May 22
At least 133 schoolchildren have taken ill in Sirsa and Fatehabad districts of Haryana after consuming iron and folic acid tablets. While 100 students were taken ill in different schools located in the area of the Community Health Centre, Baragura, in Sirsa yesterday, 25 children of Phulo village were hospitalised after they complained of pain in abdomen, nausea and vomiting today.

In Fatehabad, eight schoolchildren from Jandli were shifted today to the Community Health Centre, Bhuna. Sirsa Civil Surgeon Dr Daya Nand said most of the children were treated immediately after they developed problems. Dr RC Goyal, SMO of the CHC, Bhuna, said only two of the eight children that came to him needed hospitalisation.

With the increasing number of children taking ill, officials of the Health and Education Departments have started getting cold feet on the implementation of weekly iron and folic supplementation (WIFS) programme in Sirsa and Fatehabad.

Medical officer in charge of a CHC in Sirsa has sent an email to the Civil Surgeon seeking guidance on future course.

Civil Surgeon Dr Daya Nand said there was no question of stopping distribution of tablets, as they were following the guidelines received from their higher authorities.

The medical complications being experienced by children were proving roadblocks in the success of an ambitious programme of combating anaemia, which had been found rampant among adolescents in Haryana.

Dr Rakesh Gupta, Mission Director of the NRHM, has repeatedly maintained that these are minor complications and there is nothing to worry about.

Meanwhile the sample of three different batches IFA taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from Ratia in Fatehabad last week have been found complying with the standards, said drug controller GL Singal.





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