New Delhi: Three children died after allegedly consuming a 'cough syrup' that was administered by a mohalla clinic run by the Delhi Government, the Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) has mentioned in its enquiry report.
A total 16 children were admitted to Kalawati Saran Children Hospital. However, three of them died. "As many as 16 cases of Dextromethorphan (cough syrup) poisoning were reported at Kalawati Saran Children Hospital, New Delhi. Three children, however, died during the treatment. These children were prescribed Dextromethorphan drug by mohalla clinics of the Delhi Government. which is strictly not recommended for paediatric. The drug was manufactured by Omega Pharmaceuticals ...," says the enquiry report.
In the letter, the Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) has asked the Delhi Government to issue a notice to all dispensaries and mohalla clinics "to not prescribe Dextromethorphan for children less than four years of age".
The DGHS has also suggested "withdrawing the Dextromethorphan in larger public interest". Notably, mohalla clinics were first set up by the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi Government in 2015.
-PTC News with inputs from social media