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28 Children Die of Lead Poisoning in Niger State




At least 28 children have died from lead poisoning in Niger State.

Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo, told newsmen that all the deceased are children below age five and comprise 17 females and 11 males.

He also stated that a total of 420 cases were recorded in Zamfara and Niger states, respectively.

According to Daily Times, this latest occurrence has brought the death toll from lead poisoning in the country to 191, including 139 children.

“We have commenced non-specific, palliative treatment of the sick children in Kagara hospital. We also commenced the process of incident command structure to enhance coordination of the outbreak response. Mobilisation of health facilities in Niger and Zamfara states to commence chelation of clinically ill children in collaboration with relevant stakeholders,” Nwankwo said.

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  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
    People dey really suffer shah….

  2. cindy

    May 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Where did the lead come from?

  3. bimbidel

    May 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    My boss worked on this in Ibadan years ago. Its conformed that children should not live in houses with lead fittings and those who leave close to factories that produce batteries because of the indiscriminate dump of their waste into the sewage (which also goes unsanctioned anyway). What is our government doing with all the information from research that have been proven true over and over? There needs to be sincere action, enough talk!

    • Tosin

      May 16, 2015 at 7:33 am

      i was going to ask – what is lead poisoning?
      and is there a health administration to measure levels of CO, lead, etc. or to report to when such is detected? and when are we going to pile all our old gens into a heap and make some fabulous sculptures? before we all choke to death?

  4. max

    May 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    So sad,shame on the govt.

  5. doroo

    May 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    the problem might have had something to do with what the children ate at school, who knows school lunch? lead/cadnium can be found in rice, cocoa, garri etc, this is due to the way we dry our produce in Nigeria, we dry them on the road sides, on our roofs and still end up selling them for human consumption, there is no safety in all this, I wonder what the Ministry of health and Nafdac are doing about all this, or else we are all open to all sorts of funny diseases in Nigeria.

  6. Ufuoma

    May 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    May their souls rest in peace, yet another set of children who will never accomplish their dreams. So sad

  7. HRH

    May 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Kudos for reporting this, Bella Naija!

    According to what I heard on radio this morning, this could have been caused as a result of residents of these areas (esp Niger State) who have been mining gold deposits illegally. It seems that when the gold is taken home to be crushed, particles mix with food etc and the rest as they say is history. The numbers are higher than recorded because people hide cases as they do not want to be busted for their illegal acts. The Government needs to wade in. Too many young lives are being lost!

  8. nnenne

    May 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for creating this awareness Bell Naija.
    I have read about this lead catastrophe before.
    I never knew it is still on going.
    We need to take more about lead poisoning .

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