Kolkata: As many as 40 children reportedly fell ill after consuming mid -day meal food in Jhargram on Tuesday. Many of the victims are undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital. The incident created panic among local residents.The incident took place at Loghata area of Jhargram. It was learnt that the children consumed food at an Anganwadi centre. Around 40 children fell ill after having the food. They were immediately taken to the Jhargram district hospital. Many children were released from the hospital after primary treatment but some of them are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. It was learnt that they complained of nausea and vomiting. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe reason of their illness is yet to be confirmed. The ICDS workers can be interrogated in this connection. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. It is suspected that the incident took place due to food poisoning. The actual cause will only be confirmed after a probe is conducted. Local residents also demanded a probe to find out who was accountable for negligence in the incident.Such incidents were earlier reported from others districts as well as the quality of food served in schools under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme continues to remain poor. Some children fell ill after having mid-day food in Howrah’s Uluberia. Cases, in which poor quality meals were cooked in unhygienic conditions and inadequate and poor quality of infrastructure, are being regularly reported from various parts of the country raising concern over the health of schoolchildren.
During this meeting, President Sirisena recalled the long standing friendship between Japan and Sri Lanka and the President took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the Government of Japan for their assistance in various fields including, education, health and agricultural development. Representing the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry a group of 77 members joined in this tour to Sri Lanka. In 1979 a group of representatives of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited the country and this group is the largest Japanese business representatives visited the country after 39 years, following the visit of 1979.Dr. Akio Mimura, Team Leader of the JCCI Economic Mission said that the Government of Japan is expected to explore investment opportunities in many fields, including industry, infrastructure, steel, software, transport and aviation.He also presented a series of new proposals prepared in this regard to the President. The President said that he greatly appreciated the friendliness extended by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe towards Sri Lanka and to him personally during the visit to Japan to attend last year’s G8 Summit.The President commended the great contribution of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Sri Lanka, especially towards the development of the country. He also said that as the Government of Sri Lanka is looking to increase investment opportunities in the country, the Government is ready to assist Japanese investors at any time with regard to Sri Lanka’s investment opportunities. Sri Lanka is ready to offer Japan more investment opportunities in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.A group of representatives of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Economic Mission, who visited Sri Lanka to explore new business and investment opportunities, met President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today. Malik Samarawikrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, Professor Dammika Ganganath Disanayake and Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma were present at the occasion. (Colombo Gazette)