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UP: Over 20 students fell sick due to contaminated water in govt college; probe on

Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh): More than 21 students fell ill while 7 others were hospitalised allegedly after drinking contaminated water at Government Engineering College in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri, informed a health official on Friday.

The incident grabbed attention of the district health officials after they learnt that a large number of students from a particular college were being admitted to a hospital.

Soon after recieving the information, PP Singh, Chief Medical Officer of Mainpuri (CMO) and Madan Lal, Centers for Medicare and Medical Services (CMS) of Maharaja Tej Singh District Hospital reviewed the conditions.

Madan Lal (CMS) informed that the students were admitted to hospital on February 9, with symptoms of vomiting and dysentery.

In the latest development, 21 students were discharged while only 7 were undergoing treatment in the hospital.


“In a hurry, everyone was brought to the district hospital where seven students were admitted. Others were discharged after first aid,” he said.

The CMS said that water samples from the college have been sent for testing. He said, “Water samples from water tanks, purifiers and cooler machines have been sent to the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department for clinical testing. Prima facie, it seems like contaminated water could be the cause of the illness.”

A teacher from the college said that the administration also got alerted after the condition of engineering college students deteriorated. The Food and Safety Department team reached the college and sealed the sample of contaminated water for examination.

Students who became victims after contaminated water expressed apprehension of poisonous substances in the water.

The health officials said that further investigation is underway.

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