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Indonesia Outlawed All Syrup Drugs Following The Deaths of 100 Children

The media stated that Indonesia has stopped selling all syrup and liquid medications as a result of the over 100 child deaths there. 

The reports claimed that a cough medication in The Gambia was recently connected to the deaths of over 70 youngsters. 


Acute kidney injuries (AKI), which have resulted in the deaths of 99 young children this year, have been connected to chemicals in certain syrup medicines, according to Indonesia. 

It is unclear if the medication was manufactured locally or imported. 

Health officials in Indonesia recorded 200 instances of AKI in youngsters on Thursday, the majority of them were under five years old. 


The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global notice earlier this month regarding four cough syrups that were suspected of being responsible for over 70 child fatalities in The Gambia. 


The syrups there were discovered to have "unacceptable quantities" of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, according to the WHO. They were produced by an Indian pharmaceutical business. The syrups "may have been associated with acute renal injury," the organization claims. 


The same chemicals were found in several locally used medications as well, the Indonesian Health Minister said on Thursday.  

"Some syrups used by AKI children under five were found to include ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol that was not intended to be there, or in extremely minute levels," says Budi Gunadi Sadikin. 


He did not, however, say how many instances featured the dangerous drugs. 

The cough syrups used in The Gambia, according to Indonesian officials, were not accessible there. One epidemiologist believes that the exact death toll may be far higher than what has been published. 

Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist from Griffith University, told BBC Indonesia that when incidents like this occur, "all we know is the tip of the iceberg, which implies there might be much more victims."


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