Conference Coordinator, International Conference on Lead Poisoning and an official of Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Ivan Gayton has said that the Lead poisoning incidence in Zamfara State cannot be stopped but can only be controlled through safe mining methods.
Ivan however, assured that, “even though hundreds of children had died, with thousands still at risks, there was less than 5% mortality risks at present as absolute crises had been controlled with the efforts of doctors without borders which spends 10 million dollars annually in Nigeria and 4 million dollars in Zamfara since the lead poisoning started.”
He asserted that, “medicine made no sense if there is no remediation”. He made the observation when he paid a visit to the office of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Mohammed Musa Sada, yesterday, to ensure that safer mining methods were devised for the artisanal and small scale miners that prompted the outburst of Lead poisoning.
Meanwhile the Minister in his response assured that the Ministry was set to work with all tiers of government as well as with the Ministries of Health, Environment and Labour to dialogue with appropriate authorities to ensure the menace was curtailed.