BBC Chinese recently reported that the Chinese government has started a nationwide investigation into incidents caused by nursery schools illegally feeding children unnecessary medication. The investigation was directly triggered when two nurseries in Hubei Province were found to be feeding all children antibiotics without permission and without any prescription. Parents said they were never told anything about these activities. Not long ago, it was discovered that nurseries in Xi’an, Shanxi Province had been illegally feeding children similar drugs for over three years involving 54,600 pills. Some nurseries in Jilin Province were reportedly found doing the same to all children in attendance regardless of whether they were sick or not. Media reports have been widely criticizing the government’s lack of monitoring and action on this issue.
Source: BBC Chinese, March 21, 2014