In a horrific accident, a javelin pierced through the neck of a class-9 student during the annual sports meet of Agalpur Boys' High School on Saturday.
The seriously injured student was rushed to the Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Bolangir for treatment.
Speaking about the accident, the child's uncle, Achyutananda Meher said, "I rushed to the hospital after the school authorities informed me about the accident. My child has fallen victim to sheer negligence by the school authorities. Jevellin throw can be dangerous as a sport, if it is not played with caution and expert supervision. I want my child back safe and sound, that's all."
The child’s father Gurudeb Meher said, “I am thankful to the team of doctors who operated out the javelin. We send our children to the school. If something happens to them, how can we know about it.”
After receiving the kid, a team of doctors immediately attended him and managed to remove the javelin. The child was then kept under observation in ICU.
“We had formed a team of doctors from anaesthesia, radiology and ENT departments. Without much complications, we could able to remove the javelin successfully. Now the health condition of the child is stable. However, we will keep him in the ICU for round-the-clock observation,” said Dr Prabhat Ranjan Rath, ADMO.
As per reports, the District Collector, Chanchal Rana has ordered to provide Rs 30,000 to the family of the kid from the Redcross fund. Apart from that, the district administration will ensure the child's treatment is undertaken in a hassle free manner.
“The Chief Minister has enquired about the health condition of the child. If further treatment is required, it will be met from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” said ADM, Bolangir, Lambodar Dharua.
While the incident has become a cause of concern for parents across the state, it will definitely act as a wake-up call for the schools.
“The incident will be investigated by officials and action would be taken against those found responsible. Our direction to the schools is to be more serious while organising sports,” said District Education Officer Dhruba Charan Behera.
(Reported by Ghateswar Mishra from Bolangir, OTV)