The investigation found that some syrups found in Indonesia contained ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, which have been linked to children who died of AKI in The Gambia. After this it was decided to ban all syrups. “We have identified 241 cases of acute kidney injury in 22 provinces, including 133 deaths,” Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told a press conference on Friday.
Harmful substances found in 7 out of 11 children
The minister said that 7 out of 11 children were found to have harmful substances, such as ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol butyl ether. It has been confirmed that these substances are responsible for AKI. Health officials found traces of similar substances in 102 syrup medicines in the homes of the affected children. Gunadi Sadikin reported that a ban on the sale and consultation of all syrups and liquid drugs was announced on Wednesday.
Cough syrup kills 66 children in Gambia
Earlier in the West African country of Gambia, the cough medicine i.e. cough syrup was attributed behind the deaths of 66 children. According to reports, the World Health Organization had warned that the deaths of children could be related to four cough medicines made in India. According to a TOI report, the WHO had warned that these cough medicines made by the Indian company should not be used for the time being.