Pune: 31 Students Admitted In Hospital Due To Food Poisoning, District Administration Begins Enquiry

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Pune/Khed Shivapur, 28th December 2021: A total of 31 students of NavGurukul, a residential training institute off Pune-Satara highway in Khopi near Khed Shivapur in Bhor taluka, have been admitted to hospitals due to a suspected case of food poisoning. Meanwhile, the Pune district administration has ordered an enquiry.

Pune Zilla Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad said that 24 students are admitted at the sub-district hospital (SDH) in Bhor while seven patients are admitted to Sassoon Hospital because of the non-availability of beds at the SDH.

“All patients are stable and under observation. We have sent a team to collect food and water sample”, he added.

According to the local block development officer (BDO) Vishal Tanpure, the students had dinner on Sunday night and 4-5 students started complaining of stomach ache, loose motion and vomiting on Monday morning. However, they did not take it seriously. As other students also had similar complaints on Monday night, the hostel administration admitted them to the hospital today.

Pune district civil surgeon Dr Ashok Nandapurkar said the girls had consumed food items made from paneer (Indian cottage cheese). “The conditions of all students are stable”, he informed.

NavGurukul offers one-year residential course in software engineering to students from economically weaker sections of society.

10 pm update: NavGurukul founder and CEO Abhishek Gupta told PunekarNews.in that all students have returned from the hospitals after treatment.

He had earlier issued a statement, “Today morning onwards we have got few students complaining of stomach pain and vomiting. To be on the safer side we contacted Government representatives as well. We have got an immediate response from them helping us with ambulance service and talking to the local municipal doctors.

By 3 pm we had sent around 25 students to a nearby hospital for a checkup. After a thorough check doctors said 17 students are fine with no issues and 8 students are kept in the hospital under observation until 24 hrs.

The situation is under control and supervision from the entire team. We are working towards providing mental health therapy to the students as well for them to come stronger out of the situation.”

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