Mzansi learners ill from food poisoning

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By Celani Sikhakhane and Anita Dangazele

The Eastern Cape health department has confirmed that yet another school in the province has been affected by food poisoning.

On Wednesday, 261 learners from Ndamase Senior Secondary School started complaining of stomach cramps and loss of energy. The learners were treated at Buntingville Clinic in Ngqeleni in the OR Tambo region.

Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said stool samples have been taken from the school hostel for lab testing.

“We urge those who handle food to work with extra caution to ensure that such accidents are prevented,” he said.

This is the second incident of food poisoning in two weeks. Earlier this month, 324 learners from KwaBhaca High School were rushed to healthcare facilities after they started vomiting and complained of persistent diarrhoea.

The health department is still investigating the source of the illness. However, the Eastern Cape education department was not available to comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, the MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Mbali Fraser, is under fire over alleged food poisoning at Ohlange High School in Inanda after a function on Monday.

The function was organised to introduce the contractor for a R127-million upgrade of Ohlange High.

After lunch, some kids started to complain about stomach cramps and vomiting while others felt dizzy.

One of the parents, Nhlanhla Sibiya, told Scrolla.Africa they have not received any communication from the school or the MEC about the incident.

Although affected children were rushed to a clinic, officials doubt the food served was the cause of the outbreak.

KZN education department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said that the MEC and other officials also ate the food but didn’t have any problems.

He said that the food was tested by inspectors to make sure that it was safe for consumption.

Pictured above: Ohlange High School learners were rushed to a clinic in Inanda after they ate food during a school function.

Image source: Ohlange

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