The families of 70 Gambian children that died of acute kidney injury (AKI), allegedly connected to taking Indian-made cough syrups, have rejected monetary compensation offered to them by the Gambian Government.
It should be recalled that in October 2022, the World Health Organization issued a global alert over four brands of cough syrups, saying the drugs could be connected to acute kidney damage.
This came after reports linking the drugs to acute kidney problems in children in Gambia emerged.
The Gambian Ministry of Gender has given the families $20,000 to be shared among them but the families did not accept the money.
According to a recent BBC report, the chairperson of the grieving families, Ebrima Sanyang, said the money was “an insult to the victims”.
Sanyang made it known that accepting the money would mean that they have relented in their fight for justice.
They said the Medicine Control Agency of the state should be removed from the ongoing investigation directed by the president.
The families say they want the Agency to withdraw its earlier claim that the children died in flood waters and not from flawed medicine.
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