Assam: 25 ill in Kokrajhar after taking free medicines

Guwahati: 25 people, including nine minors, reportedly fell ill after consuming free medicines distributed by the regular travelling Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) at Dotoma in Kokrajhar district on Saturday.

The incident took place when a unit of the district’s MMUs was travelling to the interiors of the district for free distribution of medicine and treatment. It began treating 153 people in Tetliguri that comes under the Dotoma revenue circle of the district.

After consuming the medicines for fever, anaemia, cough and cold, the victims began complaining of nausea, vomiting, dizziness and even dysentery. The 25 affected were admitted to the Dotoma Civil Hospital on Saturday.
Following the incident, Kokrajhar district deputy commissioner Madhaw Prasad Sharma on Saturday told TOI that he has ordered a magisterial-level inquiry, headed by the ADC, into the matter and that the situation was being monitored.
“What possibly happened was that the people consumed too much medicine. The medicines were normal ones. It is also possible that seeing some people react to the medicines may have created a psychological impact on the rest. Whatever be the case, we are closely looking into the situation,” said Sharma.
The MMUs visit the interiors of the district every 22 days to provide free treatment and medicines to rural people.

~TOI

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