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Students rushed to hospital, more schools closed as Riverton smoke worsens

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 11:15 AM
A Holy Childhood High school student suffering from respiratory problems is attented to by a nurse at the Medical Associates Hospital and Medical Centre at Tangerine Place in Kingston today.
Smoke as seen from Weymouth Drive in St Andrew.

The impact of the smoke emanating from the burning Riverton City dump is intensifying in the Corporate Area with numerous students falling ill.

At the Holy Childhood High School in St Andrew two busloads of students had to be rushed to hospital after they reported feeling unwell.

Meanwhile, at the Bridgeport High School in St Catherine, more than 20 students had to seek medical attention because of smoke inhalation.

It is reported that 10 students were treated privately while 15 were sent to the Spanish Town Hospital.

The school’s dean of discipline, Sigvard Bailey, said several of the students fainted sometime after 7 o’clock this morning.

In the meantime, numerous schools and early childhood institutions have been forced to close as a the smoke worsens.

The education Ministry has issued a release reminding school administrators that in light of the increased adverse effect of the fire at the dump they should close the institutions, where necessary, and place students in the care of their parents or guardians.

The dump has been on fire since Wednesday.

*Rasbert Turner contributed to this story