Dozens of Herat girl students hospitalized
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Dozens of girl students fell unconscious on Saturday and were taken to hospital from the Isteqlal Girls High School in western Herat province, an official said, the latest in a series of mysterious occurrences this month.
Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, a spokesman for the civil hospital in Herat City, told Pajhwok Afghan News about 83 girls were delivered to the hospital in semi-unconscious state. All the girls, he said, were in stable condition.
It could not be immediately known how the students fell unconscious but investigations had been launched to reveal facts, Jami told journalists. The deputy governor said a gas shop near the school could possibly be the cause.
The education director said they were concerned about security of educational institutions and demanded immediate action to address such concerns.
Shukria, one of the students, a 9th grader, said they suddenly started falling unconscious and felt suffocation due to a gas smell.
Three similar incidents occurred last week in central province Bamyan province, with scores of girl students ending up in hospital after suddenly falling ill.
Such incidents have taken place in the past as well, but the government has been unable to prevent them from happening.
In May 2012, more than 120 girls and three teachers were admitted to a hospital in Takhar province after a suspected poison attack.
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