Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Lead poisoning: Mortality rate drops

08 March 2013, 10:28

Gusau - An international organisation, Medicines Sans Frontier (MSF), says infant mortality rate resulting from lead poisoning in Zamfara has dropped from 40 per cent in 2010 to three.

The MSF official, Dr George Mbatoto, announced this on Thursday at a one day sensitisation workshop in Gusau, organised for stakeholders on the control of lead poison in the state.

It was organised by an Abuja based non-governmental organisation, Community Emergency Response Initiative.

“The hitherto frightening scourge of mortality rate of children below five years which stood at 40 per cent when lead poisoning was discovered in 2010 has been brought down to a manageable three per cent.

``We will not relent our efforts in the seven affected villages in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas until we make the environment safe enough for the children to survive,`` Mbatoto said.

He said since the commencement of the intervention, MSF had screened 3,600 children believed to be affected with high level of lead poisoning in the area until remediation was concluded.

Mbatoto, however, called for more collaboration between the MSF and the Ministry of Health to impart on the state government officials the expertise in handling lead poisoning emergencies in future.

Earlier, Mr Attah Benson, the Executive Director of the initiative, said the sensitisation was aimed at making stakeholders alive to their responsibilities to curtail lead poisoning disaster.

He urged the stakeholders to cooperate  and find a lasting solution to the impact of lead in the mining communities of the state.


Tags zamfara

ICPC denies its chairman was sacked

27 October 2016, 10:41

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...