Let’s Save Our Children! Watch the Videos on Lead Poisoning in Northern Nigeria

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 5:30 PM

By BellaNaija.com

There’s a requirement to preserve the sanctity of life in order to maintain the balance of humanity. Recently, the spate of killing in Nigeria makes one wonder where we’re headed as a nation.

Man’s inhumanity to man has been on the lips of so many of us in the past few weeks but beneath all of it lies ignorance, lack of education and greed.

Recently, we got news of the Lead poisoning in Zamfara State which has been killing children in that state. Upon further research, we found that the prevalence of the lead poisoning is as a result of illegal mining taking place in the state. The mines are called ‘artisanal mines’.  Apparently, gold is intermingled with lead in the Northern part of Nigeria and because of the methods of extraction used, there’s a high level of lead dust in the air.

The children play in the sand and get lead poisoning. For a long time, children were just dying mysteriously. Prolonged exposure to lead, dust and mercury was causing lung cancer, emphysema… the list is endless.

Doctors Without Borders has set up clinics but it’s not enough! With one voice, we need to raise awareness and save our children.

Watch the documentary by NPR.org here

To learn more about that is going on, visit the NPR site  follow @nprglobalhealth on Twitter

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Photo Credit: doctorswithoutborders.org

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  • 12 Comments on “Let’s Save Our Children! Watch the Videos on Lead Poisoning in Northern Nigeria”

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    • X- Factor July 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Sad…

    • hz July 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      so enlightening!

    • Obi July 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      I read somewhere that the Nigerian government recently set aside some money for chelating treatment for lead poisoning in Zamfara. I believe it was in the recent mid term report presented last month or so in Abuja.

      Good thing: The government has decided to do something.
      Bad thing: This problem is not new, and more could have been done before now.

      The people in these areas have to choose between farming with little to no profit and gold mining for a couple of dollars a day and a lifetime of disease. The kids live with blod lead levels that are over 40x or more higher than life threatening levels in many parts of the world. Of course if it doesn’t kill them they end up with so many disabilities. I sometimes wonder whether some of those blind notherners we see on the streets begging are products of lead poisoning? But we must also explore the flip side. Why would someone, well aware of the dire consequences of lead poisoning, still be involved in it as the only means of livelihood? I mean, they live with sick kids everyday and not just bronchitis, but numerous seizures in a month …

    • FRIED RICE July 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      can anything positive come out of Africa! i am so ashamed to be african sometimes! we are always dropping the ball an small stuff

    • Chick on fire July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Wow . Enlightening. So what next? The writer didn’t say how the general public can help. Ie sign a petition? Form a pressure group, donate etc?

      • Marcus Oladapo July 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        I couldn’t agree less with you, but the problem is, even when we sign a petition the people at the top do as if nobody is talking. Maybe our voice isn’t loud enough. We need to shout this out loud for the world to hear. Like you have rightly suggested, signing petition and publicising it would be the way forward.
        MARCUS OLADAPO

    • Adams Ede July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      Perhaps if the leaders of these northern regions where all these issues take place actually provide the dividends of democracy to their people instead of just planning for 2015 and making noise in the media we would have less and less of these horror stories emanating from there.

    • NNENNE July 18, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      Sad. Hope something is done quickly.
      So who is mining the gold? I thought it will be the government as in fossil fuel and gas.

    • Ides of March July 18, 2013 at 5:14 AM

      So heartbreaking :( I see/hear of situations like this and i’m hit with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. So many people need help and sometimes all you can do is help just one, really wish i could make more of an impact, i hate to see people suffer needlessly :(

    • jinkelele July 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      lead ke!

    • amaaa July 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      AND THE ZAMFARA STATE SENATOR IS talking about how he get married to a 12 year old and removing the clause that protects children from being married off before they are 18 foolish man.
      http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/07/18/marriage-turn-a-girl-child-into-a-woman-watch-the-channels-tv-report-on-the-senate-constitutional-review-committee/

    • xxx July 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      How can we help?