Examined rehydration solution ‘does not meet standards’: Health Min.
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Oral rehydration solution blamed for the death of two children in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef “does not meet health specifications and standards,” announced Health Ministry Friday.

The ministry said that the results of the examined solution were sent to the public prosecution, Youm7 reported.

Three hospitals in Beni Suef reportedly received some 30 children Monday with common symptoms of “intestinal catarrh,” which the ministry spokesperson said is at a “normal rate” amid “hot weather in Egypt.”

After the children received rehydration solution as supportive measures to their fever, they reportedly suffered convulsions, continuous vomiting and fainting.

The ministry ordered hospitals to stop using the solution until the results of solution examination appear.

In statements to The Cairo Post Monday, the ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said that the examined solution is part of a new patch delivered to hospitals five days ago, and that children were taking the old stock of the solution and no complaints were reported.

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