Mining: 300 children die of lead poisoning in Zamfara

*Men work in the mines outside of Bagega. they dig deep to find the rock and then crush these rocks to find the gold ore. Inside the rocks. There is also deposits of other metals, one being lead which is poisoning many of the children in the village.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

04 March 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja – More than 300 children have reportedly died as a result of lead poisoning as a result of mining activities at Yar-Galma village of Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

The Emir of Bukkuyum in Zamfara, Alhaji Muhammadu Usman, who made the disclosure on Friday at Yar-Galma during the inauguration of a solar-powered borehole, drilled by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF).

Usman commended the foundation for initiating the project.

The traditional ruler lamented that lead poisoning had adversely affected several communities in the area appealed to government and other NGOs to emulate the foundation.

The Chairman of the foundation, retired Justice Mamman Nasir, said the project was provided through the foundation’s Health Intervention Programme.

Nasir further said it was designed to provide safe and potable water free from lead poison and other dissolved metallic contaminants in the community.

Malam Umar Shuaibu after the ceremony said that he lost his five-year-old daughter to lead poison two years ago.

Shuaibu said the project would go a long way in saving many lives in the community.

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust and has some beneficial uses but can also be toxic to humans and animals, thus causing health effects.

Lead can be found in all parts of the environment such as through the air, soil, water and homes while exposure to lead comes from human activities such as the use of fossil fuels, industrial facilities, lead-based paint in homes among others.

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