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More Than 300 Girls Affected By Chemical Spray In Mastung Schools

Over 60 girls were affected by suspected chemical spray in Government Middle School Shamsabad in Mastung on Monday, in what was the third incident of its kind in one week.

According to reports, 30 students were referred to Civil Hospital in Quetta. This is the third incident of its kind in Quetta and over 300 girls have so far been affected by it.

On May 18, 140 students of Killi Muhammad Shahi Girls High School were affected by similar chemical spray and were shifted to DHQ Hospital in Mastung.

Students and parents blocked the National Highway subsequently and protested over lack of concern shown by the authorities. They also demanded an inquiry into the matter.

In another incident on May 22, 70 students of the Girls High School Ashkna were also diagnosed with similar symptoms and were taken to the hospital.

Samples of the affected schools have been taken and sent to the National Health Institute of Islamabad. There is no indication as to why the chemical was sprayed in all these girls schools and the motive behind it, DHO Mastung Dr. Manzoor Baloch told Naya Daur.

Parents of the girls have raised concerns. “We believe in empowering girls with education. Our town is known to have 100 percent literacy rate of girls. These incidents are causing fear among parents, who may now be reluctant to send their girls to school”, Shair Ahmed, an elder of the area said..

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