Tapah schoolkids struck by food poisoning discharged from hospital


TAPAH 04 APRIL 2016. (FOR ALL) Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kesihatan, Pengangkutan Awam, Hal Ehwal Bukan Islam, Integrasi Nasional dan Kampung Baharu negeri, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (kanan) bersama Pengarah Kesihatan Negeri Perak, Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie (kiri) melawat salah seorang murid yang dimasukkan ke hospital akibat keracunan di Hospital Tapah. STR/ASRIZAL ARIS


POH: Eight of the 32 Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah students who were hospitalised after being struck by food poisoning on Sunday, were discharged at 11am today.

State Health director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said the rest are still being treated at the Tapah Hospital. “They were brought back to SM Sains Tapah by school representatives,” she said in a statement today.

Dr Juita said another 24 students are also recuperating at the school’s sick bay. “A team from the Tapah medical clinic has assessed the conditions and progress of the students at the sick bay this morning.

“They are improving and none require referral for admission,” she said. On Sunday, 43 students and a teacher from the school were rushed to hospital for food poisoning.

They had a bout of diarrhoea and vomiting after they ate roti jala and chicken curry for supper at the school’s dining hall the night before. Dr Juita said the Health Department has also taken clinical samples from students affected by the food poisoning incident.

She said they also took food samples from the school kitchen while swabs from the kitchen utensils and food handlers were also taken. “We expect results of these samples to be ready in five to seven days,” she said.

Source: New Straits Times