Many take ill af­ter tak­ing de­worm­ing pills

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

SCORES OF chil­dren across In­dia fell ill af­ter be­ing ad­min­is­tered de­worm­ing drug Al­ben­da­zole dur­ing the Na­tional De­worm­ing event in Fe­bru­ary. The chil­dren com­plained of nau­sea, vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea and were hos­pi­talised. Am­ra­vati in Maharashtra had the high­est num­ber of chil­dren (70) who suf­fered the ad­verse ef­fects of Al­ben­da­zole that ex­perts say is harm­less. An eight-year-old girl in Ut­tarak­hand's Ud­ham Singh Na­gar district died af­ter be­ing ad­min­is­tered the drug. Saloni was one of 52 chil­dren who fell ill in Kha­tima town in the district. The Na­tional De­worm­ing event was first held in 2015. This year, a record 270 mil­lion chil­dren aged 1-19 were de­wormed across the coun­try.

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