Nigeria: Deadly lead poisoning continues
11 May 2012, 14:18
Abuja - An official with Doctors without Borders says a deadly lead
poisoning crisis in north Nigeria continues unstopped two years after
the outbreak began.
Ivan Gayton told journalists on Thursday in
Nigeria's capital Abuja that more needed to be done now to stop the
outbreak. Gayton said 4 000 children in rural villages in Zamfara state
have been affected, with 1 500 of them not receiving any treatment.
also called Nigeria's government refusing to send high-level officials
to discuss the outbreak at a conference "a great disappointment".
outbreak began in 2010. The lead poisoning is caused by the processing
of gold ore in residential compounds, where people are exposed to toxic
levels of lead found in rocks containing the gold.