Fourteen students of the Kothavalasa Ashram School were admitted to the Saluru Community Hospital in Vizianagaram district on Tuesday with symptoms of drug allergy and high fever. Their condition is said to be stable. The district administration has been on high alert in Saluru where deaths of youngsters were being reported due to suspected dengue and viral fevers.
The students, who were suffering from mild fever, were reportedly administered chloroquine to prevent malaria, but a few of them allegedly had an allergic reaction and started throwing up. The warden and teachers informed ITDA-Parvatipuram Project Director G. Lakshmisha, who inspected the school, and inquired about the sanitation and food quality. He warned the staff that stern action would be taken if the health of children was neglected.
Later, Minister for Mines and Geology Sujay Krishna Rangarao visited the hospital and directed the officials concerned to keep all the children in a special ward for fast recovery.
“Fevers have become a major concern in 24 of the 34 mandals. In spite of staff shortage, we are trying to provide quick relief to all the patients. We are taking the help of nursing and medical colleges to overcome the shortage of staff. A 100-bed hospital will be constructed very soon in Saluru to meet the needs of people residing in and around the town,” the Minister added.