Food poisoning at Byletts School

2012-04-21 19:03

East London - Ambulances were bringing 67 children with suspected food poisoning from Chintsa to medical facilities in East London on Saturday afternoon, Eastern Cape health authorities said.

"The children are all pupils at Byletts School," department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

The boarding school called the health department on Saturday when an abnormal number of children started suffering acute diarrhoea.

They were being taken to Frere Hospital, Cecilia Makhwane Hospital and Gompo Community Health Centre in East London.

"The staff are on stand-by to admit the children," Kupelo said.

He explained that food poisoning was a problem at schools in remote areas of the Eastern Cape where hygiene and proper food preparation procedures were sometimes neglected.

In recent months there were three incidents where provincial health authorities had to fetch nearly 1000 children from rural villages all with suspected food poisoning.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-21 19:19

    Not a good look for the Institution involved,

      momo.weli1 - 2012-04-22 14:14

      Heay I dnt know what is hpnng in that school becoz my niece was attending in tht school nd later she died of eating poisoning food what a Dr told us,Byletss is problem school some terreble things bn hpnd.I thought those things r over there becoz it was a long time. I wl never send my son or my daughters there

  • nomkhosi.mtshali - 2012-04-21 19:21

    What caused the food poisoning?

      Inja - 2012-04-21 19:32

      Food poison happen all the time and occur anywhere particularly from rice

  • sadiemy - 2012-04-21 19:23

    Byletts is not in a "remote" area. It is 30km out of town and one of the better non former Model C schools

      sadiemy - 2012-04-21 19:24

      ie outside East London

  • James - 2012-04-21 20:19

    I'm a well seasoned chef with 10 years of 5 star international experience. I have just started a position (last week) here in south africa at a large hotel that is part of a group and I must say that I am disgusted with the hygiene standards in this place. infested with roaches, cross contamination all over the place, fridges don't hold temperature!!!! where are the health inspectors??????

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 20:44

      It'd be good to know where that is - any clues?

      nomkhosi.mtshali - 2012-04-21 21:17

      M cuminng dnt worry m stl a student n whz dat place wanna du ma practicals there and I think u shld report t to the local athority in dat area thz no use insulting the area without taking any actions to help rectify the problem

      comurray - 2012-04-22 09:33

      Bribes take good care of filthy kitchens and kitchen staff.

      James - 2012-04-22 11:55

      I just may have to leak a few photos to certain papers in the area.

  • Anele - 2012-04-21 20:21

    im dissapointed to hear stories lyk this abt my former school.i rate that boarding school as 1 of the best in EC

  • Angelina - 2012-04-21 20:27

    I rly wanna knw wht causes the poison if its a person he/she must b arested or she must also die

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 20:42

      Angelina, that is a very harsh approach. It may have even been caused by something in the milk, water or something everybody ate. It is extremely easy for this to happen, especially if meat - especially chicken or pork is not kept properly chilled. Itsy well have been an oversight or the fault of someone further up the supply chain.

  • Lynette Sobekwa Limapi - 2013-10-31 07:57

    I hope the school is up and running now, bcoz I wuld like ma child to go there

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