The incident has been reported from Durgapur village of Babina area, located 313 km away from Lucknow. The children were rushed to a nearby medical facility, even as parents stormed the health centre and roughed up the team of health department officials who administered the medicines.

The medical team was held hostage and released hours later on the intervention of the police. The district magistrate of Jhansi Tanveer Zafar Ali has ordered a probe. The scheme has been put on hold for a month, officials said.

Doctors said that the 22 children who complained of nausea, stomach pain, headache and vomiting were later discharged. The children were given the medicine on Tuesday under a scheme launched in February this year by the Akhilesh Yadav government to address the health needs of the nearly six crore children in Uttar Pradesh's rural areas, ranging from 2 to 18 years.


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