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Food poisons 81 children in North Darfur camp

October 14 - 2015 ZAMZAM
Displaced children who fled their village and live in the Zamzam camp in North Darfur, 2011 (Reuters/Unamid/Olivier Chassot/Handout)
Displaced children who fled their village and live in the Zamzam camp in North Darfur, 2011 (Reuters/Unamid/Olivier Chassot/Handout)

81 children suffered from food poisoning in two basic schools in North Darfur’s Zamzam camp. 44 were transferred to El Fasher Hospital for treatment while the others were treated in health centres in the camp.

An activist in the Zamzam camp reported to Radio Dabanga on Tuesday that doctors have managed to treat the pupils of basic schools 47 and 48 in the hospital and health centres. They were discharged that morning, except for two pupils who remain in El Fasher for further treatment.

The activist first reported on Sunday that 25 pupils were poisoned after eating breakfast a woman was selling in front of the schools. Seven of them vomited immediately and 18 children lost consciousness at the schools after vomiting.

Education officials in the camp toured some schools in Zamzam and reassured the pupils, who are scheduled to sit for examinations on Wednesday.

Regarding the measures taken to avoid such incidents again, the activist said that directives have been issued after a meeting of education officials with the schools and educational councils. They stipulated that any person who sells food must adhere to health and safety standards, and monitoring. The meeting also resulted in instruction to control the food sold by vendors.


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