On Friday morning (August 10), a huge wave of panic and confusion spread among residents of Govandi’s Baiganwadi and Shivaji Nagar area in Mumbai.
The parents in rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar and Shatabdi Hospital, Govandi with their children as they feared that something was amiss with their kids health.
In total, 365 children were admitted at the hospital. The panic apparently spread due to the death of a 12-year-old girl named Chandini Shaikh who lived in Baiganwadi.
The girl was administered a folic acid tablet on Monday, August 06.
Chandini’s father, Syed Shaikh, said, “Chandini suddenly started vomiting blood, so we rushed her to the hospital.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Samajwadi Party corporator, Raiz Sheikh, stated, “Primarily it appears that the children are suffering from a medicinal reaction. The BMC should thoroughly investigate this case, the batch of the said medicine should be immediately seized.”
According to statement issued by the BMC:
Chandini Shaikh was administered an Iron and Folic Acid tablet as part of the national programme by the Government of India on Monday, 06 August 2018. She went home and did not come to school the next day. She was present in school on Wednesday and Thursday and died at home on Friday morning, after allegedly vomiting blood. Her body was brought to Rajawadi Hospital today morning. The details of her previous illness are not known. Her body had been brought to Rajawadi Hospital and has been sent for post-mortem centre run by the state government and the reports are awaited.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, BMC Health Committee chief, Archana Bhalerao, said, “On August 06, the girl was administered the medicine. She passed away at 6:30 am on Friday morning. The children were admitted to Rajawadi and Shatabdi Hospital.”
The BMC statement further mentioned:
‘This created a panic reaction amongst the residents in Baiganwadi around the school and the children were brought to Shatabdi and Rajawadi Hospital by their parents. All the children were examined by the paediatrician and were observed for a few hours. 22 children from Shatabdi Hospital have already been sent home and others are being sent home from Rajawadi Hospital. Few children complained of nausea and giddiness, however no one had any major symptoms or signs.’
Speaking to Dr Vidya Thakur, medical superintendent at Rajawadi Hospital, said, “In total 350 students were admitted to the hospital out of which 17 have still been kept under observation and 333 students have been discharged.”