Food poisoning hits East View Sec students, teachers

Food poisoning hits East View Sec students, teachers

SINGAPORE - It was just one dish from the school canteen.

But Nur Syaza Osman ended up spending the next few days in hospital because of it.

And she was not the only one.

Last Friday, several East View Secondary students who ate from the Muslim stall were also felled by food poisoning, and some had to be hospitalised.

While the school in Tampines and the Ministry of Education (MOE) confirmed the food poisoning incident, they declined to say exactly how many had been affected.

Students The New Paper spoke to said they heard that more than 10 of their peers and at least two teachers had been affected.

But Syaza, 17, who was warded at Changi General Hospital (CGH) on Sunday, said her principal had told her 95 per cent of the school's Muslim students had been hit.

VICTIM #1

When TNP visited her at CGH yesterday, she said she ate roti kirai - a web-like crepe made with flour, eggs and coconut milk - from the canteen stall.

When she got home, she suffered a bad stomachache, and started having diarrhoea and vomiting the next morning.

When medicine from the general practitioner did not help, she was referred to CGH on Sunday.

Doctors told her she had been hit with food poisoning, which caused her intestines to swell.

The Secondary 4 student was put on a drip and although she is recovering, she was not sure when she would be discharged.

VICTIM #2

He told TNP from his hospital bed that the pain was initially so bad, he was too weak to walk and could barely eat.

The 16-year-old was admitted to CGH on Monday.

While he was well enough to get out of bed, he said the pain still lingers.

VICTIM #3

The uncle of another affected student called the TNP hotline after his nephew came home last Friday with diarrhoea, which lasted three days.

Mr Ishak, 67, a retiree, said: "He was in such pain that when he walked, he was bending."

His nephew visited a general practitioner on Saturday, but his condition did not improve.

"His father was very worried," said Mr Ishak.

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