Indonesia: 133 children die after being treated with cough syrups

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 Indonesia: 133 children die after being treated with cough syrups

Indonesia's health minister said on Friday that the number of children who have died from acute kidney disease (ARF) has risen to 133 from a previously reported 99.

According to Budi Gunadi Sadikina, 241 children were affected across the country's 22 provinces, most of them under five years old.

On Thursday, Budi said some medicinal syrups available in Indonesia contain ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, ingredients that have been linked to the deadly outcome of AKI in children.

Indonesia has temporarily banned the sale and prescription of all syrup-based medicines and has formed an expert panel composed of local health and pediatric officials and representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) to study the surge in AKI among children.

Age The country's Food and Drug Administration also named five locally produced products that contained excessive amounts of ethylene glycol and ordered manufacturers to withdraw them from circulation and destroy any remaining shipments.

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