WHO Warns: Samples of cough syrup blamed for children’s deaths in Gambia India for testing

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) alert regarding the deaths of children

In Gambia as a result of cough syrups manufactured by an Indian pharma company. The Central government stated that it has sent samples of cough syrups for testing by drug regulator Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

The World Health Organization has advised people not to use Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup, or Magrip N Cold Syrup. All of which are manufactured by Haryana-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals.


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“Laboratory analysis of samples from each of the four products confirms that contaminants such as diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are present in unacceptable amounts. To date, these four products have been identified in Gambia, but they may have been distributed. Other countries or regions via informal markets,” according to the WHO alert.

Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij said on Thursday that four syrup samples had been sent to the Central Drugs Laboratory in Kolkata for testing. “The samples were collected by a team from the DCGI and Haryana’s Food and Drug Administration Department and sent to the CDL in Kolkata for analysis,” Anil Vij told PTI.

World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed for the deaths of 66 children

According to sources, diethylene glycol or ethylene glycol — both of which are known to cause abdominal pain.  Vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury that can lead to death. Were found in four of the 23 samples tested by the WHO team. This report, however, has not been shared with the Indian government. The two poisonous substances “diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol,” which the World Health Organization (WHO). Has blamed for the deaths of 66 children. The Gambia after detecting contamination in four syrups exported to the West African nation. By a Haryana-based pharmaceutical unit, have previously been at the centre of similar tragedies in Gurugram and Jammu.

Meanwhile, Gambia has launched a massive door-to-door campaign to recover cough and cold syrups. That have allegedly killed more than 60 children, according to reports on Thursday. The Haryana-based pharma companies’ cough syrup is being blamed for the children’s deaths. Putting India’s ‘pharmacy of the world’ image at risk.

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