Fungus found in govt-distributed child health tonic in Nanded

By Reyaz Momin,,

Beed: Health of thousands of children is at risk in the Muslim dominated Nanded district as fungus has been found in child health tonic bottles distributed by the Maharashtra government among Anganwadi centres in the state two months ago.

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Following an international survey report which said 41 crore people live below poverty line in India and as a result majority of children die due to malnutrition the Government has launched many schemes for child development.

Recently the Government of Maharashtra launched a scheme under child development project in which a tonic named Vita max multi-vitamin syrup (batch no HS718) was distributed to children of nursery (anganwadi) in every tehsil of the state in the month of June. On 6 June 2010 near about 8,335 bottles of this tonic was distributed in 2,201 nurseries of Beed district. But two months ago fungi was found in these bottles in Nanded district. And in the first week of September officer from health department inspected some samples of bottles which were distributed in nurseries and in this also fungi were found. Health officer immediately issued notice to all nurseries to collect all bottles from children.

But how is it possible because 75% of bottles have been used? Parents are careful about health of their children. Parents and common people are watching on what action government will take against the distributors.