JHELUM

The number of schoolgirls who fell unconscious during an anti-dengue fumigation campaign being carried out at their school has risen to over 70.

The incident took place at Domaili Girls High School on Saturday and the affected students were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

In a similar incident, 120 school girls in Jand, district Attock, were rushed to the hospital on Thursday following an anti-dengue fumigation campaign at their school. Several of the girls had to be readmitted to the hospital the next day as they complained of difficulty in breathing.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and sought a report from the officials concerned and departments. The chief minister termed the incident ‘unacceptable’ and directed that best medical treatment be provided to the affected girls.

The chief minister has also suspended the DCOs and EDOs Health of Attock and Jhelum districts.