The Health Department in the Eastern Cape is currently investigating a concerning incident that resulted in 320 pupils from Osborn High School in KwaBhaca being rushed to hospitals.
The pupils experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, raising suspicions of food poisoning. This incident is part of a series of similar cases reported nationwide.
Just recently, 143 pupils from two schools in the Eastern Cape were hospitalized after consuming items purchased from informal traders. These incidents have prompted the Health Department to take immediate action and determine the cause of these illnesses.
Sizwe Kupelo, the department’s spokesperson, has assured the public that they are working tirelessly to identify the source of the illness.
“Samples, including water and food samples, have been collected and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Clinical investigations have also been conducted to gather more information,” Kupelo stated.
While the majority of the affected students have been treated and discharged, four remain in the hospital in stable condition. The Health Department is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all learners, and they are taking this matter seriously.
Food safety is of utmost importance, especially in environments where children are vulnerable to potential health risks. It is crucial for schools and other institutions to implement strict food safety protocols to prevent incidents like these from occurring.
As the investigation progresses, the Health Department will continue to provide updates on their findings. In the meantime, it is essential for everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious symptoms or incidents related to food consumption.
Let us all hope for a swift resolution to this unfortunate situation and for the affected students to recover quickly.