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Education solidarity with over 72 food poisoned in Guatemalan school

Guatemala City, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) The Guatemalan Ministry of Education expressed on Tuesday its solidarity with 20 teachers and 52 students who had symptoms of food poisoning at a school in the southwestern Department of Suchitepequez on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry also thanked the School Health Programme ‘for its prompt and effective intervention’, which ensured the necessary medical attention for those affected, it underscored.

It described this collaboration as essential to mitigate the effects of the situation and ensure the welfare of the educational community.

The Ministry of Education reaffirmed in the text its commitment to food security in schools.

It stressed that it will continue to work closely with Parents’ Organizations and the Ministry of Public Health to ensure that schools are safe and healthy environments for all.

The health agency explained earlier that due to the incident, the Departmental Directorate of Suchitepéquez, proceeded to provide care to students and some were referred to the Mazatenango Hospital.

The entity also took samples of food and water sources that supply the educational establishment, which will be sent to the National Health Laboratory.

The proper handling of food and the consumption of safe water is vital to prevent diseases, he remarked.

The Ministry considered important to maintain hygiene measures in the preparation and handling of food by sewing it well and disinfecting those consumed raw to avoid contagion.

The Ministry of Public Health, without giving further details of the situation and status of those affected, called for actions to protect people’s health.

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