A man and a child have died in Kushtia after reportedly taking “herbal medication”.
The deceased were identified as Nur Mohammad, 50, and Shamima Akhter, 9, daughter of one Nabab Ali, both from Mirpur upazila, reports our local correspondent.
Officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station Abul Kalam said they died after taking a herbal cough syrup of one Marigold company, located in Bhalbari area of the upazila.
“We arrested the owner of the company Raji Hossain this morning,” he said.
Nabab, a neighbour of Nur, and his daughter Shamima were suffering from cough for some time. Nabab had brought the syrup to treat the cough.
Nur went to the house Nabab last night and took a dose of the syrup as he developed a cough as well. Nabab and his daughter Shamima had some too.
The trio fell sick around 10:00pm and started to vomit. They were rushed to the Bheramara Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared Shamima dead.
Nabab and Nur were then taken to Kushtia General Hospital, where Nur died around 11:00pm, said Taposh Kumar Pal, hospital’s resident medical officer.
While it is still not confirmed what caused their deaths, doctors suspect it could be the consumption of the herbal cough syrup.
[News from The Daily Star]
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