Red Cross deploys 1700 personnel to collect AKI syrups

Red Cross deploys 1700 personnel to collect AKI syrups

By Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) deployed 1700 personnel to conduct house-to-house collection of syrups across the country.

The collection was carried out in West Coast Region, Kanifing Municipality, Banjul, Central River, North Bank and Lower River Regions. The collection concluded yesterday, Wednesday.

The Gambia launched an urgent door-to-door campaign to remove cough and cold syrups blamed for the deaths of more than 69 children from kidney injury in the country.

The U.N.’s World Health Organisation also issued an alarm in response to the deaths, saying it had been working with Gambia’s Government to investigate the cause of the cases and deaths since August.

The World Health Organisation also issued a medical product alert for four contaminated medicines identified in The Gambia that have been potentially linked to acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths among children. The Gambia Medical Research Council has also issued an alarm.

The four medicines are cough and cold syrups produced by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited in India.

The National Assembly yesterday gave greenlight to its Select Committee on Health to investigate the deaths of the 70 children due to Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) linked to the consumption of medicines from Maiden Pharmaceuticals Company in India.


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