WHO issues alert against Indian-made syrups after 66 children die in Gambia

ANKARA – The World Health Organization Wednesday issued a medical product alert for four contaminated medicines detected in Gambia which have been potentially linked with acute kidney injuries and 66 child deaths.

“The four medicines are cough and cold syrups produced by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited in India. WHO is conducting further investigation with the company and regulatory authorities in India,” the UN health agency said on Twitter.

The WHO warned that while the contaminated products have so far only been detected in Gambia, they may have been distributed outside of the West African country.

The UN agency urged all countries to identify and remove these products from circulation to hinder further harm to patients.

According to the alert issued by the WHO, the four products are Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup, and Magrip N Cold Syrup.

“To date, the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products,” the statement said.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13611 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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