47 Takhar girls hospitalised after suspected poison attack
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Forty-seven minor schoolgirls fell ill and were hospitalised on Tuesday after drinking water from the school’s water tank in Rustaq district of northeastern Takhar province, officials said.
However, 43 of the sick girls were discharged from hospital after treatment, the town’s administrative head, Muallim Mohammad Hussain, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The girls, aged seven to 10 years old, started falling sick at round 9am in their school in Sar Rustaq area of the district
Calling it a poison attack, the official said, the girls fell ill after drinking water from the water tank inside the school.
However, education department spokesman Gul Aqa Dohnazari said the cause of the poisoning was yet to be known.
Of the total 47 girls poisoned, he said, 17 girls were taken to Rustaq health centre and the rest sent home as they were not in serious condition.
Public Health Director Dr. Hafizullah Safi said out of 17 girls brought to the Rustaq health centre, three were admitted and the rest discharged after treatment.
He said condition of the three admitted girls was stated to be stable and they suffered from dizziness and vomiting.
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