91 Children Hospitalized After Drinking Contaminated Water

JENIN – Ma’an News – Over 90 schoolboys were hospitalized on Sunday after drinking contaminated water in a Jenin village, a PA official said.

Director of the Jenin district’s ministry of health, Salih Zakarna, told Ma’an that samples from the school’s water tanks tested positive for contamination. Around 91 schoolboys from the Jenin village of Sanur were taken to Jenin’s public hospital and emergency clinics in the village after reporting symptoms of severe fatigue, nausea and fever.

All were later released after treatment, Zarkana said.

A letter was sent by the PA Ministry of Health to the school, and officials in Qabatiya, to demand that they replace all water tanks and fix the water system in the area, he added. Food samples from the school canteen were also sent to a laboratory for testing.

The incident comes after 24 children were admitted to hospital in Jenin on Saturday after drinking contaminated water in their elementary school. Parents reported symptoms of vomiting and a high fever, a police statement said.

Jenin governor Talal Dweikat ordered police to carry out a full investigation into both cases.

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