Deaths trigger fresh controversy over vitamin A programme in IndiaBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7323.1206 (Published 24 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1206
- Ganapati Mudur
- New Delhi
Indian doctors have renewed their accusation that international agencies are needlessly promoting the administration of vitamin A across India to all children aged below 5 years.
Paediatricians and nutritionists launched a barrage of criticism after 14 children died and thousands fell ill last week in the north eastern state of Assam following a vitamin A campaign supported by Unicef. Health officials are investigating the deaths and illness amid suspicions that health workers might have given overdoses to children during the state-wide campaign to deliver vitamin A to three million children aged 1 to 5 years.
Unicef had replaced the traditional 2 millilitre spoons with 5 millilitre …