The Indonesian Minister of Health announced on Friday that the number of children who died of acute renal failure (IRA) was 133 against the previously reported 99.
The deaths were part of a total of 241 cases in 22 provinces, said Budi Gunadi Sadikin, adding that most of the patients were children under the age of five.
Budi declared on Thursday that certain medical syrups available in Indonesia contain ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, ingredients that are associated with fatal AKI among children.
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Indonesia has temporarily prohibited the sale and prescription of all syrup-based medications and has formed a team of experts composed of local health and pediatrics officials and representatives of the World Health Organization ( OMS) pour examiner le pic d’IRA chez les enfants.
L’agence alimentaire et pharmaceutique du pays a également nommé cinq produits fabriqués localement qui contenaient des niveaux excessives d’éthylène glycol et a ordonné aux producteurs de les retire de la circulation et de destructire tous les lots restant.