The number of schoolchildren hospitalized in Cherkasy increased to 51, and 11 of them were taken to intensive care units. This was reported by the Health Ministry press service.
“As of 13:00 of May 8, the total of 51 children in Cherkasy were hospitalized and 11 are in intensive care units,” the message says.
According to the Health Ministry, the state of children is estimated as mild and medium poisoning. At the moment, there is one report of an adult person who turned to hospital.
Uliana Suprun, the acting Health Minister has set off for Cherkasy. Earlier, the Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman wrote on Twitter that he was going to Cherkasy to “find out what is the situation with the children’s health.”
The Emergency Service press center reported that their chemical and radiological laboratory has checked whether the air on the territory of the school was contaminated by the dangerous chemical substances. There was no dangerous increase in chemical substances of the air: ammonia - 0 mg/m3, chloride – 0 mg /m3, hydrogen sulfide – 0 mg /m3, fire gases – 0 mg/m3. The level of oxygen in the air is 20,9%, when the norm is from 19 to 23%.
The laboratory of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection has taken the water from the school to search for the dangerous substances. The results are expected today after 16:00 pm.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed to take measures to find out the reason of the poisoning and provide emergency medical care for the children.
Law enforcers opened a criminal case to investigate the breach of sanitary rules for prevention of infectious diseases and mass poisoning, as the Interior Ministry reported.
As it was reported earlier, in the morning on May 8, during the assembly in Cherkasy school, children started to lose consciousness. At first, the Emergency Service reported about the hospitalization of three children, but later another 15 students complained about a headache and nausea. As of 11:00 am, 42 children were hospitalized. The preliminary diagnoses is a poisoning by an unknown substance.