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Ministry insists summer camp has a clean bill of health

Troodos square

All nine children and one teacher who fell ill last week at an education ministry camp in Prodromos, Troodos were suffering from symptoms of gastroenteritis but have now fully recovered, an announcement said.

The children and the teacher, were transferred to the Limassol general hospital on Thursday after falling ill, leaving health authorities to determine whether the cause was food poisoning, gastroenteritis, or something else.

At the camp were 75 fifth graders. The remaining children cut short their holidays and returned to their homes.

Five of the nine children that had fallen ill were discharged from hospital on Friday, the announcement said, while the other four and the teacher were not hospitalised, but were given medication and sent home.

“The diagnosis of the doctors was that children exhibited symptoms of gastroenteritis,” the announcement said, adding that suspicions of food poisoning were “in no way verified”.

As of Monday, the camp was again operational and ready to continue its summer programme.

The education ministry urged parents “to continue to trust its camp in Prodromos, and its procedures”.

It hosts about 2000 fifth and sixth grade school children and around 250 teachers and escorts, while there is round the clock a nurse on duty. Difficult cases, it said, are sent to the nearby medical centres or hospitals, the announcement said.

At the camp, it said, the necessary preventive disinfection was carried out and was inspected by the health services.

“They found again that all necessary cleanliness and hygiene measures are being taken, both during the preparation/cooking of meals in the kitchen, the dining room, and other areas,” the announcement said.

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