28 Children Die In Niger Lead Poison Outbreak

Twenty-eight persons, mostly children below the age of five, reportedly died in a fresh outbreak of Lead Poisoning in some villages in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

The deceased, according to the Minster of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo on Wednesday, were among the total of 65 cases recorded.

The villages mostly affected included Maigiro and Kawo, which are near new mining sites found to contain more leaded ores often brought home for crushing and processing to the communities.

 Nwankwo, who addressed the media in Abuja, warned residents of the area to desist from eating affected cows and goats.aliyu-babangidaA breakdown of the figure showed that of the 28 deaths, 17 were females and 11 males, in addition to cows and goats are also affected.

The Minister explained that “upon receipt of the report from the Niger State Ministry of Health on the May 7, the Federal Ministry of Health in coordination with the Ministry of mines and Steal Development jointly raised a technical team of eight persons who visited Niger State on a scoping mission between May 9 and12, to verify the occurrence of the reported outbreak, its causative agents, magnitude and dimension, as well as to bring up recommendations for rapid response and long term interventions,” noted.

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