In Gambia, Africa, police is investigating the deaths of 66 children linked to the consumption of 4 brands of cough syrup made in India
High-ranking officials of the Drug Control Agency were summoned for questioning. The President of The Gambia took the investigation under his personal control
On October 6, the WHO issued a global warning against four cough syrups because they may be linked to acute kidney injury and death in children in July, August and September. The WHO recommended that all countries withdraw these products from circulation. It turned out that the syrups contain two toxic products - the first is usually used as a solvent, the second is antifreeze. These substances are colorless and practically odorless. Only further investigation will show how these products got into children's cough syrups
According to preliminary data, children developed anuria (absence of urine) after taking the above-mentioned syrups, the children's condition deteriorated rapidly, and as a result, 66 children died. They were able to confirm the connection only after the corresponding samples were sent to Senegal and Ghana.
All syrups are made by one company, which has not provided any safety guarantees. The Indian government, in turn, is also investigating.
India produces a third of all drugs in the world, usually generics, and Africa is a major market
Red Cross workers and Gambian doctors are now going door to door, to pharmacies and markets to collect these syrups. They are also investigating whether these syrups have spread to the region and other African countries. More than 16,000 products have already been taken away for destruction.