5,600 lead poison victims treated in Zamfara, Niger


The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an International humanitarian Non Governmental Organization (NGO), said it had treated 5,600 victims of lead poison in Zamfara and Niger.

The NGO is also known as Doctors Without Borders

The remaining 100 were treated in Niger.

Dr. Simba Tirima, Deputy Head of Mission, Operational Center Amsterdam, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja that the victims in the two states received drugs distributed by the organisation.

“It is a bit tricky to estimate how much was spent for treating the affected people because we also deal with other diseases apart from lead poisoning at the same time.

“I will say the cost implication for their treatments is worth millions of dollars; one drug administered per person costs about three dollars and a patient takes up to six drugs per day,” he said.

He explained that the poison was due to…

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