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Uttar Pradesh: 28 school children sick after taking anti-filaria medicine

February 29, 2024

Twenty-eight children from a government primary school in Udwa, Uttar Pradesh, experienced health issues after being administered medicine intended to treat filariasis, officials reported. The affected students were promptly admitted to the Community Health Center, where their conditions are now reported to be stable.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anshuman Singh explained that the health workers had distributed anti-filaria and deworming tablets to the children on Tuesday. Subsequently, 28 of them displayed symptoms such as fever, joint pain, and facial swelling. Dr. Singh reassured that the situation is currently under control, emphasizing that these side effects are known reactions to the medication.

Girish Kumar, the principal of the primary school, highlighted that the medicines were part of an ongoing campaign aimed at eradicating filariasis. He received reports in the morning that some children were experiencing fever, knee pain, and leg pain. Promptly, health workers were alerted, and all affected children were transported to the Community Health Center in Fursatganj for immediate medical attention. The incident underscores the importance of monitoring and addressing potential side effects during mass health campaigns in educational settings.

Source: PTI

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