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879 students fall sick after consuming iron tablets in Haryana

The folic acid (iron) tablets were given to them as part of Haryana Health Department's supplementation programme to combat anaemia, they said.

There was no major cause for worry as the students had minor side effects after consuming the tablets, the officials said. The students included 150 girls from Jind, they said. Most of the children, who belonged to various districts including Hissar, Jind, Sonipat, Gurgaon and Faridabad, were discharged after treatment, the officials said.

Out of 16 lakh students who were administered the iron tablets since yesterday, a total of 879 were found suffering from side effects such as stomach ache and nausea, a spokesman of the National Rural Health Mission (Haryana) said.

Majority of the children did not show the general side effects like vomiting, he said. No student was admitted to any hospital, the spokesman said adding the children were immediately rushed to nearby health facilities and given first aid. The weekly iron folic acid supplementation programme was started yesterday by the National Rural Health Mission in the state.

In Hisar district, those who showed symptoms of nausea were students of Class 6th to 10th. Senior district and medical officers rushed to the scene as students were taken to nearby primary health centres and hospitals.

The students had complained of pain in the stomach and their condition was not serious, doctors said. In Jind, 150 girl students fell sick after consuming iron tablets in the government school in Nagura village, the officials said.

The students suffering from mild side effects would be given sub-normal dose for four weeks to accommodate absorption of iron, the doctors said. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the tablets did not suit some children leading to nausea. He said the tablets were administered to the children as part of the the national programme to check anaemia. 

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