Dangerous medicine – level 2

27-01-2023 15:00

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 children died in Gambia, Indonesia, and Uzbekistan after they used cough syrups.

The syrups had dangerous chemicals which caused serious kidney problems. These chemicals were so dangerous that small amounts were deadly, and they should not be in any medicines. People bought the syrups without prescriptions from a doctor. The WHO said that the syrups were on sale in the Philippines, Senegal, and Cambodia, too.

The WHO asked all 194 member groups to take action. Governments and regulators need to watch drug manufacturers to confirm that they test their medicines well.

Difficult words: on sale (available for people to buy), prescription (a piece of paper which a doctor writes and gives you the right to get a medicine at a drugstore), regulator (an organization which controls the activities of businesses).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What should governments and regulators do to prevent dangerous cough syrups from being sold to children?


News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions

How to improve your English with News in Levels: 


  1. Do the test at Test Languages.
  2. Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.


  1. Read two news articles every day.
  2. Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
  2. Listen to the news from today without reading the text.


  1. Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.


  1. Choose one person from the Skype section.
  2. Talk with this person. You can answer questions from Speak in Levels.


Stock images by Depositphotos