The Indonesian government has banned children’s syrups and all liquid medicines in the country. This decision has been taken in view of the death of 99 children in the last few months.
It is said in the media report that after taking the syrup, the children’s kidneys were severely damaged. Due to this, the sale of all syrups and liquid medicine dosages for children has been banned. The ban was announced by Indonesian Ministry of Health officials. According to him, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of deaths of children in the country after January. According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Muhammad Syaril Mansoor, 99 deaths have been reported in 20 provinces.
Instructions to doctors not to write syrup
Mansoor said that as a precaution, the ministry has instructed all hospitals and doctors not to prescribe syrup or liquid medicines. The Ministry has also instructed the drug shops not to sell these syrups and to remove them from the counter till the investigation is completed.
The case of the death of children in Indonesia came to light when the investigation into the death of 70 children due to the consumption of cold cough syrup in the African country of Gambia is ongoing. WHO had warned not to use the cough syrup of a pharmaceutical company in India after investigating the case. This syrup reportedly contained high levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. The case of the death of children due to cough syrup manufactured in India is also being investigated in the country.