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The fallout from the cough syrups is extending beyond The Gambia and even Africa. Today, Indonesia is investigating reports of more than 20 children dying due to acute kidney injury. This was the same cause behind paediatric deaths in The Gambia, linked to consuming cough syrups made by India's Maiden Pharma. Over in India, a few states have also banned or recalled Maiden's products. Indonesia, however, has clarified that the cause behind fatal kidney injuries in kids may not be linked to what happened in The Gambia. For starters, Maiden Pharma's drugs aren't even registered in Indonesia.
At a multi-country ministerial meeting in Uganda over measures to control the current Ebola outbreak, Africa CDC head Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma said Africa must rely on itself to prepare for and respond to disease outbreaks. Dr Ouma said the continent is always alone when it comes to disease. External support when it does arrive (and we're paraphrasing here) is a day too late and a dollar too short.
Over in Europe, the WHO says Europe is entering another Covid wave, with cases ticking upward across the region. Of all the WHO regions, the only region that actually registered a spike in Covid cases last week was Europe.
Syria's cholera outbreak, which health authorities had cautioned could spread, has indeed spread and over in Lebanon, the first victim has succumbed to it.