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At least 22 children have died and dozens more have fallen ill after eating lunch at a school in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
The poisoning occurred in the village of Dharmasati Gandaman, 80km (50 miles) north of the state capital, Patna.
The free Mid-Day Meal Scheme aims to tackle hunger and boost attendance in schools, but suffers from poor hygiene.
I've posted this to highlight that there are other tragedies in the world at the moment as the board seems to be obsessed with the Zimmerman case and the continuing media hype over it - the rest of the world is still out here and people are dying.
SOCIAL WELFARE AND NUTRITIOUS
MEAL PROGRAMME DEPARTMENT,
SECRETARIAT, CHENNAI. 600 009
Mid Day Meal in Schools
Annual Work Plan & Budget
2.22. Steps taken to strengthen the Monitoring Mechanism, the Block,
District and State level and Status of constitution of SMC at these levels.
Staus of formation of on School Management Comm
ittee at Villages /
School / Cooking agency level in the light of Right to Information Act 2009.
Monitoring Committees have been constituted at the Village, Block,
District and State level to monitor the supply of cooked mid day meal to the
children, quality of foodgrains supplied, and the functioning of the nutritious meal 44 centres. Also
the observations and shortcomings reported by the inspecting
officials are also noted and suitable actions are taken. Many issues noticed and
pointed out are addressed
then and there in the district and also at the state level.
A growing number of bodies of water in India are unfit for human use, and in the Ganges River, holy to the country’s 82 percent Hindu majority, the river dolphin population is falling so rapidly due to pollution that they were downgraded this year from vulnerable to endangered.
Much of the river pollution problem in India comes from untreated sewage. Samples taken recently from the Ganges River near Varanasi show that levels of fecal coliform, a dangerous bacterium that comes from untreated sewage, were some 3,000 percent higher than what is considered safe for bathing.
Only 55 percent of the 15 million Delhi residents are connected to the city's sewage system. The remainder flush their bath water, waste water and just about everything else down pipes and into drains -- many of them open -- that empty into the Yamuna. “We have a flush and forget mindset,” says Narain.
Its scary isn't it?
There are likely to be massive repercussions on this at a local level there. There has already been violence and I wouldn't be surprised if it spreads.
India is so modern in some respects and yet the less developed regions are almost third-world-esque. The central government needs to get a grip on the outlying districts and weed out the corruption and problems that have lead to this.
The thought that those parents sent their kids to school to better themselves only to have them come home in body bags from food poisoning is appalling.
Originally posted by azureskys
Well if this is the result of consuming Organophosphorus Agents, it would be a horrific suffering for those
who have lived through the effects of this toxin.
Death caused by the effects of this might be considered a blessing.
Organophosphorus was originally a Nerve Agent in the early development of chemical warfare.
I can't remember if the Germans developed the Op N.A. or if the U.S did.
No matter the results are the same.
What are the long-term consequences to those little body's and minds ?
"Organo-phosphorus is a compound also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed."
Originally posted by Rodinus
Saddening news which deserves to be highlighted amonst the current frenzy of posts at the moment...
I really hope that this was not deliberate?
Thank you for reminding ATS
Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, DH News Service:
River water could be used to develop new antibiotic
Despite being polluted, the waters of the Ganges
still possess ‘medicinal qualities’ and could pave
the way for developing new ‘anti-microbial compounds’.