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Government, MSF address lead poisoning

29 May 2013, 13:54Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigerian government and stakeholders have embarked on initiatives to curb lead poisoning amid the prevalence of minors succumbing to the problem in Zamfara State.

International medical group, Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), is testing thousands of children in the Bagega, Abare, Dareta and Yargalma areas.

Officials confirmed MSF was currently testing about 2000 children.

Zamfara State Commissioner of Environment, Alhaji Lugga, said this was one of a number of initiatives put in place to prevent further deaths.

He called for safer mining techniques from artisanal miners.

“Safer mining techniques have been introduced to the artisanal miners because we cannot stop them. But the technique will enable them to carryout mining activities in safer ways,” he said.

 The soil remediation exercise is also going on in Bagega and is at 90 per cent completion stage.

Lugga added that the exercise would continue until all contaminated soil has been evacuated.

He added that boreholes had been sunk at the affected communities and massive sensitization campaigns are on-going against the dangers of lead poisoning in the area.

Artisanal miners have largely been blamed for the prevalence of lead poisoning.

- CAJ News



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