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Sale of paracetamol banned in Gambia after child deaths

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While research on child deaths in the Gambia in recent months continues, the sale of paracetamol syrup has been banned.

Gambia Health Services Director Mustapha Bittaye stated in a written statement that the Ministry of Health continues to investigate the cause of child deaths in the country.

“POSSIBLE CAUSES OF EC BACTERIA AND TOXICITY DUE TO SYRUP”

“As part of the ongoing investigation into the kidney failure epidemic in the country, it has concluded that the possible causes are toxicity from coli bacteria and paracetamol syrup,” Bittaye said.

Announcing that the sale of paracetamol syrup has been banned in the country until further notice, while investigating the causes of child deaths, Bittaye noted that another alternative is encouraged instead of the drug.

It has been claimed that at least 28 children died in the country in recent months, 3-5 days after using a locally sold paracetamol syrup.

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