- The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has discontinued administering Iron Folic Acid and Tablet Albendazole to children in municipal schools with immediate effect.
- The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure, after Chandani, a 12-year-old girl, died in Govandi, Mumbai, allegedly after being administering medicine.
- The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized the samples of the two batches of the medicines which are currently in use.
- Dr Avinash Supe, Medical Director of the major hospitals in Mumbai, has issued the circular to all the civic-run schools in the city
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Avinash Supe, Director of all the major hospitals and Dean of civic-run KEM hospital said, “As a precautionary measure we have discontinued the medicines which are currently in use. The Food and Drugs Department has seized the samples of the medicines. We will take a further decision after the report given by the FDA.”
The circular issued by Dr Supe states,
‘Tablet Iron Folic Acid (Batch Number TAF 8069AL Blue Tab, Hindustan Lab manufacturing date- Feb 2018, Expiry Date Jan 2020, And Tablet Abendazole (Batch FAR6L733, Zim Laboratories Manufacturing Date Nov 2017, Expiry Date October 2019) currently in use in municipal schools are to be discontinued with immediate effect until further orders.’
On Friday, the death of Chandani, a 12-year-old girl, triggered chaos and panic in Govandi, Mumbai. Chandani was administered these tablets on August 06. The parents feared something was wrong with their children’s health and rushed to the Rajawadi hospital with their kids. A few students were complaining of vomiting and nausea and were kept under observation in the hospital. Later the children were discharged.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra on Friday, August 10, Samajwadi Party corporator, Raiz Sheikh, stated, “Primarily, it appears that the children are suffering from a medicinal reaction. The BMC should thoroughly investigate this case, the batch of the said medicine should be immediately seized.”