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Families reject compensation for cough syrup deaths in Gambia

Families of victims. Photo: BBC

The Government of Gambia has offered compensation to the families of the 70 Gambian children who died of acute kidney injury (AKI), allegedly linked to consuming Indian made cough syrups.

The Ministry of Gender offered the families $20,000 to be shared among them. However the families rejected the offer.

The chairperson of the grieving families, Ebrima Sanyang, said the money was “an insult to the victims”.

Sanyang insisted that accepting the money would mean that they were not fighting for justice.

They said the state’s Medicine Control Agency should be removed from the ongoing investigation ordered by the president.

The BBC reports that the families want the Agency to withdraw its initial claim that the children had died in flood waters and not from faulty medicine.

In October, the World Health Organization announced a global alert over four brands of cough syrups, saying they could be linked to acute kidney damage.

This followed reports linking the drugs to acute kidney problems in children in the Gambia of children.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu