Pune, 17th May 2022: Since the past week, some students of the Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Dighi, are falling sick everyday. Though students are complaining of vomiting, loose motions and weakness, the college has denied food poisoning on the campus.
According to students, till now about 50 students have shown the symptoms. Most of them are from the third year batch.
“Initially, there were few students but slowly many students complained of similar symptoms,” said a student.
Another student added, “We had regular mess food and the problems started within a few hours. Though it started in the last week, even today some students fell sick.”
The students alleged that the institute tried to ignore them in the beginning and later they tried to put the blame on outside food saying only those students fell sick who ordered food from outside.
“How can each and everyone who ordered food online from different restaurants get sick altogether. The institute stopped them from collecting outside food for two days,” the students said.
When reached out for the comments, AIT officials said that there was no food poisoning and only a few students had dehydration because they had not consumed enough water.
In an email reply through Pune Defence PRO, AIT stated, “There is no case of food poisoning in AIT, Pune but it is confirmed that few cases of dysentery, pain in the abdomen and vomiting were reported. The problem started on the night of 14/15 May and an average 8 to 10 cases were reported daily. On that day few students had consumed food at restaurants outside and a few had ordered online. Medical authorities worked round the clock to assist the sick students and no serious cases were reported or admitted to the hospital. As a precautionary measure food from outside was stopped for two days. Water samples were tested at Military Hospital (MH) Khadki and the report was satisfactory. The problem could have been due to high heat and less consumption of water by students.”