Sonipat, October 6: Amid 66 deaths in Gambia allegedly due to the intake of cough syrup manufactured by Maiden Pharmaceutical Limited in Sonipat, Haryana, Home Minister Anil Vij on Thursday said the Centre had sent samples to the Central Drug Laboratory, Kolkata, and if any irregularities were found, it would take strict action.
"Central Government officials are gathering complete information. The samples will be sent to the Central Drug Lab in Kolkata. After the reports come, stern action will be taken if anything wrong is found," Anil Vij said.
"I have talked with the Drug Controller to investigate the matter. The Health Secretary and Pharmaceuticals Secretary of the Central Government has also talked with the State Secretary of the state. It has been decided that before taking any action, the samples will be tested," Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij further said.
The WHO on Wednesday issued an alert over four India-made cough and cold syrups which Maiden Pharmaceuticals in India made. The WHO has also notified that the same cough and cold syrups could be linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia.
Meanwhile, the Haryana minister also attacked the Congress after Sonia Gandhi joined the yatra along with son Rahul Gandhi. He termed 'Bharat Jodo Abhiyan' as 'Bharat Todo Abhiyan'.
"First of all, this is not 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', but Bharat Todo Yatra. The mother and son want to break this country. This is not India where the Congress massacred the Sikhs. This is the New India and no one can break it," he added.
The BJP leader further attacked the Congress over the resignation of former leader Anil Dhantodri.
-PTC News with ANI inputs