Telangana: Food quality issues prompt clean-up at schools, hostels | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: In light of several food poisoning cases recently, the education department has finally ordered a 15-day clean-up drive across the state in all institutions under it. The drive aims to cut the chain of transmission of diseases.
Regional joint directors of school education in Hyderabad and Warangal, as well as all district education officers in the state, were asked “to take up intensive sanitation and cleanliness drive in all government and local body schools, including residential schools, under school education department in the state for next 15 days with immediate effect”.
The decision was taken at a meeting headed by A Sridevasena, director of School Education. The drive will monitor sanitation, cleanliness of school premises, mid-day meals among other aspects “to control the spread of seasonal diseases and to address other health issues among school children”.
The implementing authority will be district education officers, district project officers and mandal education officers, who will have to inspect, take necessary remedial action and sanitise the whole school or hostel, including toilets and kitchen.
The drive will also look to specifically conduct inspection of kitchen, stores, food commodities, cooking process and sanitation of cooking and serving areas.
Sanitation has become a huge issue since the school education department stopped deployment of its own sanitation staff.
Staff shortage and increased workload has been blamed for the problem.

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