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Chemical spill: AIIMS issues health advisory

It said the affected can contact the helpline number 1800 116117 of the National Poisons Information Centre for help.

PTI, New Delhi [Published on:06 May 2017, 10:23 PM IST]
NDRF members during the clean-up operation at a container- India Tv
NDRF members during the clean-up operation at a container depot in Delhi

The AIIMS today issued an advisory urging people not to panic in the wake of the chemical leakage in south Delhi's Tughlaqabad area leading to the hospitalisation of 450 girl students. 

It said the affected can contact the helpline number 1800 116117 of the National Poisons Information Centre for help. 

In a health advisory issued in public interest, the premier medical institute urged people not to panic and advised those affected to remove the contaminated clothing and rinse eyes thoroughly with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. 

It also asked people to move away from the source of exposure and ensure adequate ventilation. 

The chemical 'Chloro methyl pyrisine', AIIMS said, was a general eye and respiratory irritant and may cause irritation, redness and watering of eyes along with respiratory symptoms like sneezing, coughing or difficulty in breathing. 

Meanwhile, a five-member team led by Y K Gupta, HoD of pharmacology at AIIMS, visited the school and the depot, and interacted with the hospitals where the affected have been admitted. 

"We found that majority of the students have been discharged, while those who are still admitted are under observation. There is nothing serious and the students are being treated symptomatically," Gupta said. 

V Aggarwal, assistant professor at RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences; Sharda Peshin, senior scientists at National Poison Information Centre, department of Pharmacology; Karan Madan, associate professor, department of pulmonary medicine and disorders; and Pankaj Jorwal, assistant professor, department of medicine constitute the rest of the team. 

Around 450 girl students were hospitalised today after toxic fumes spread due to chemical leakage at a container depot near two schools in southeast Delhi's Tughlaqabad area. 

The students of Rani Jhansi School and Government Girls Senior Secondary School, run by the city administration, were rushed to nearby hospitals as they complained of irritation in eyes and breathlessness. 

"While majority of the students have been discharged, three are admitted in the ICU," hospital authorities said. 

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