Students on tour fall sick, DU says its exhaustion

At least 50 students of different Delhi University (DU) colleges, who are currently on an educational tour to Rajasthan, have fallen ill in Jaisalmer, officials said on Wednesday.

They are part of 900 students on an educational train trip on the Gyanodaya Express, organised by the university.

Professor C S Dubey, Chairman of Core Committee of Gyanodyaya, said around 50 students had fallen ill. "There were around 50 students who had fallen ill. To reach the border in Jaisalmer, the students had covered a distance of around 200 km by bus. By the time they returned to the camp, they were exhausted. Some of them fell ill. Even though we have a doctor on board the train, an Army doctor was called. Most of them were dehydrated and were given glucose. All of them have recovered and are looking forward to the remaining part of the journey," Dubey said.

The students are camping in the Sam area, around 40 km from Jaisalmer. The group reached Bikaner on September 30 and were in Jaisalmer on Tuesday.

Several university officials said almost 200 students were taken ill.

A hospital official in Jaisalmer said it is suspected that the food they had on Tuesday night was contaminated. The students started vomiting and complained of abdominal pain on Wednesday morning.

"Seventy of them were hospitalised, while 150 others were given primary treatment in Jawahar Hospital on Wednesday," a hospital source said.

This is the second Gyanodyaya Express trip organised by the university. The group comprises mostly NSS and NCC cadets, while around 30 physically challenged students are also part of the September 26 to October 5 trip.

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