Two toddlers die in govt.-run orphanage

first_imgTwo toddlers died and eight others were taken ill at a government-run orphanage, prompting the district administration to order a probe. The authorities have taken sample of the milk being fed to children at the Rajkiya Shishu Sadan here, Mathura District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra said on Friday. Ten children of the orphanage fell ill on Wednesday, with two of them dying of diarrhoea within the last three days, Mr. Mishra added. Of the ten children, four serious cases were referred to Agra medical college, while the others are being treated at the Mathura district hospital here, he said. He said despite the best possible treatment, two children below one-and-half-years of age could not be saved and they died in Agra. The other hospitalised children are recovering, he added.“ADM (F&R) Brajesh Kumar has been asked to probe the death and illness of the children,” said Mr. Mishra, adding that he has been asked to submit his report within 24 hours.Milk sample taken As children taken ill were normally under one-and-half-years of age and are fed only milk, the milk sample has been lifted for examination, Mr. Mishra said. Though the exact cause of illness would be known only after the probe and forensic examination of the milk sample, it appears the children had an attack of diarrhoea, he added. There are around 50 children in the orphanage, with 30 of them being below two years of age.last_img

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