Victims display containers that held the poisoned syrup
Hundreds of people participated in a memorial service in Panama City on Tuesday, June 4 to commemorate the over 800 who have died in the last 12 years from the most deadly mass poisoning in the country’s history,
They all died after taking a toxic cough syrup containing diethylene glycol distributed by the social security service (CSS).
Over 800 people died prior to 2018 and another 20 so far this year, mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“These people have died without seeing the justice that we expected, " Gabriel Pascual told the Efe.News Agency
Pascual, chairman of the Committee of Relatives of Victims and Survivors for the Right to Health and Life, said that the first victims met in October 2006, when the first poisonings were detected. and “that date “marks a milestone in the life of thousands of Panamanians.”
A total of 8,000 are estimated to be affected. with hypertension, diabetes and kidney failure, forcing them to which is why they consume multiple medications.The intoxication was more evident in adult patients between 40 and 80 years.