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.