Nearly 20 students in Thmar Koul High School in Battambang province fainted yesterday following last week’s fainting incidents.
On December 6, two students fainted and were sent to hospital. The next day, 71 students fainted, prompting the provincial education and health departments to educate students on how to avoid fainting during class.
Ouk Vithyea, deputy director of the provincial health department, was quoted on December 9 saying that the students were exhausted.
“We found that the students had used lots of stamina during their lesson because they were studying from morning until about 8pm,” Mr Vithyea said at the time. “The drain caused their health to be weak.”
Dieng Mak, chief of Tameun commune, yesterday said students began fainting at about 9am. Mr Mak said about 20 students were immediately sent to hospital.
“They are fine now after authorities rushed to send them to hospital,” he said, noting that prior to the latest incident, about 1,360 students had attended a meet with officials on how to avoid fainting during class.
Mr Mak said parents are now concerned about their children.
“Some parents are worried about their children’s health,” he said. “Local authorities are going to further educate them on ways on how to avoid fainting.”
Mr Vithyea yesterday said the education on how to prevent fainting includes what to eat and staying hydrated.
“This campaign will help explain to teachers and students and also food vendors to take care of their health by eating good food and drinking water,” he said.
The provincial education department has said that classroom environment and hot temperature caused the 71 students to faint. It added that students lacked sleep, did not eat enough and lacked calcium. It noted that panic also played a part in the fainting.
Hing Sun Tharith, director of the high school, yesterday said the latest fainting spell could be attributed to the same reason why students fainted last week.
“They were listening to the education on how to avoid fainting,” Mr Sun Tharith said. “After they went back to class, they started fainting. The incidents could be related.”
He noted that all students have been given time off today to digest the information provided by the authorities in a bid to avoid any more fainting incidents.