Apparently, low-quality sweets sold by a local peddler left about 300 primary school pupils in Orange Farm suffering from a stomach-ache and vomiting on Thursday, the Gauteng Department of Health confirmed.
Five more pupils were rushed to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto with the symptoms of a terrible food poisoning.
“The pupils from Nomini Primary School in Orange Farm, were treated at the Stretford Community Healthcare Centre,” Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana advised.
She said the pupils were treated after presenting such symptoms as stomach cramps and vomiting. It is suspected that the learners fell sick as a result of consuming the same type of sweets from a local hawker.
Kekana says a school health team has been sent to the school to conduct an investigation.