Gambia Issues Urgent Recall of a Number of Cough Syrups Linked to the Deaths of 66 Children

In response to the deaths of over 60 children due to kidney injury, The Gambia is conducting a door-to-door campaign to confiscate cough and cold syrups.

The Director of Health Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, confirmed the epidemic of child fatalities from acute kidney injury.

In response to the deaths, The U.N.’s World Health Organization has issued an alarm, saying it had been investigating the cause of the cases and deaths with Gambia’s government since August.

The four medicines on the list are cough and cold syrups produced by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited in India, according to the WHO.

While toxic products have so far been discovered only in the Gambia, they may have been sent to other nations, according to WHO. The UN health agency said it is collaborating with the firm and regulatory authorities in India on a possible probe.

The federal and state authorities of northern Haryana in India are also investigating the drugs, according to reports.

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