Minna - The Niger Government on Thursday
said it had set up a committee to tackle lead poisoning in Rafi Local
Government Area of the state.
Dr Mohammad Usman, the Director of Public Health in the
state health ministry, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.
He said the committee had began sensitising the affected
communities on preventive measures to avoid further infection and death.
"So far, 64 persons were affected in Kakuri ward of Anguwan
Kawu and Sikira community, 28 died and four others receiving treatment.
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"Those that lost their lives are mainly were children below
the age of five. Nine cattle, some domestic animals and birds.
"We are working with stakeholders to avert further
incidence. We are collaborating with WHO, Federal Ministry of Health, the
Doctors Without Borders and other relevant ministries in the state."
Usman said the state government would provide emergency
services to the affected communities, adding that evacuation may be considered
He said the major signs of lead infection include fever,
abdominal pain, convulsions and mental illness, stressing that laboratory tests
are currently being conducted on members of the community.