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Lead Poisoning: Medicines Sans Frontieres donates N120m to Zamfara victims

An international organisation, Medicines Sans Frontieres, has donated N120 million, drugs and other first aid materials to the  Zamfara Government to assist victims of  lead poisoning in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Saad Idris, told newsmen at Yangalma village, near Bukkuyum, that the money would complement the N240 million voted by the state government to offer relief to victims.

Idris said the organisation had also ordered for personnel reinforcement from the the Netherlands while another organisation, Blacksmith Institute, had promised to reinforce its medical team to check the spread of the disaster.

“Although the situation is quite under control, the rapid response team will not relent in its efforts until we are all satisfied that the victims are fully recovered and the environment is safe for the people to continue with normal life,” he said.

According to him, about 190 victims, hospitalised at Bukkuyum General Hospital and other camps, are responding to treatment and recovering from the poisoning.

“Since last week when the death figure of 163 and the 190 people  were admitted in hospital, no further death or new cases were recorded in any of the affected villages,” he said.

Idris, who is also the Chairman of the State Rapid Response Team, said that soil evacuation and replacement at the four affected villages was moving on smoothly except a minor hitch experienced on Wednesday resulting from a heavy down pour.


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