Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said legal actions will be taken if anyone is found guilty in the death of two children reportedly after taking Napa syrup in Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria district.
The minister said this in an international convention and scientific seminar arranged by Bangladesh Society of medicine at the city's Bangbandhu International Convention Center.
“Already we have formed a committee to probe the incident. The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and Health Service Department have also taken the necessary steps in this regard,” said Zahid.
On Thursday night, two siblings named Yasin Khan,7, and Morsalin Khan,5, died after taking Napa syrup at their home in Durgapur union in Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria.
The parents of the children gave them the syrup as they were suffering from high fever. It was bought from a local ‘Ma Pharmacy’ owned by Main Uddin and the syrup had an expiry date mentioned till 2023.
The children were discharged after given primary medications at District Sadar Hospital. Yasin died on way home, and Morsalin after reaching home, the family said.