Kids eat dumped tablets

2014-08-13 00:00

A STANGER ward councillor will be launching an investigation into discarded medication found and eaten by local children on Monday.

Eight children, aged between two and five, were rushed to the Stanger Hospital after they had ingested anti-epileptic medication they had apparently found lying in an open area near their homes.

They were admitted, but released late the same evening.

Ntshawini ward councillor Mdu Ngcobo said a negligent local resident was probably to blame for dumping the tablets.

“We will call a special ward committee and I will liaise with councillors around the area so we can create awareness about medication to prevent this from happening again,” said Ngcobo.

Safety tips:

• All medication should be kept out of reach of children.

• Educate your children not ingest or play with medication they may find.

• Check expiry dates of medication and return unused and expired medication to a clinic, hospital or pharmacy for correct and safe disposal.

Do not:

• Flush it down the toilet.

• Throw it in the rubbish bin.

• Give it to someone else, as it is specially prescribed to a specific person.

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