Pune: 50 students of private coaching centre fall ill

Pune: 50 students of private coaching centre fall ill

Pune: 50 students of private coaching centre fall ill

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The students are suspected to have suffered food poisoning.

22 April 2024

By Khushi Maheshwari 

The private coaching centre in the Khed Taluka tehsil of Pune offers preparation for Joint Entrance Exam or JEE as well as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET. Moreover, the coaching centre also provides accommodation and boarding services to its students. 

Friday dinner did not agree with more than 50 students of the coaching facility, since the next day, they all experienced symptoms like stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea and so on. These are usually telltale signs of food poisoning. 

These students were then hospitalised in a nearby hospital. They are all stable and some have been discharged after primary check-ups. A police investigation is underway and to determine the cause of food poisoning, food samples from the Friday dinner have been sent to the laboratory for inspection. 

Food poisoning can be fatal. More than a week ago, on 14th April, while one person succumbed to food poisoning, almost 75 others had fallen quite ill. This incident took place after more than 400 visitors ate ‘prasad’ at a Kali temple during a religious gathering as part of the Chaitra Navratri Mahotsav. 

In another instance, 110 out of 633 police trainees suffered probable food poisoning in North Maharashtra’s Dhule City. The students were at the Police training centre attending a training camp. Luckily, none of them were in a critical condition and recovered from the illness. 

Last month as well, around 200 students in Aryan Residency hostel in the knowledge park area of Greater Noida experienced symptoms of food poisoning. Out of these, 76 were hospitalised. They experienced symptoms like dizziness, vomiting, uneasiness, nausea and so on after eating a special dinner prepared on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The meal consisted of rotis made of buckwheat flour or ‘kuttu ka atta’. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are more prone to getting food poisoning in the summer months because warmer weather leads to a faster growth in bacteria. Therefore, food should not be left exposed for too long.