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NCDC, AYGF condemn outbreak metal poisoning in Sokoto

By Faridat Salifu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF) has condemned following the outbreak of metal poisoning in Sokoto State, Nigeria.

In an official statement made available to the press in Abuja, the Executive Director of AYGF, Ardmore Salifu, revealed shocking findings from an outreach mission conducted in the Gaidan settlement, located in the Gidan Katta ward of Illela Local Government Area, Sokoto State.

During the outreach, AYGF uncovered distressing instances of heavy metal poisoning plaguing the community.

Highlighting critical infrastructural deficiencies exacerbating the health crisis, AYGF highlighted three key areas requiring immediate attention.

According to the non governmental organisation (NGO), ineffective sanitation system is widespread in the area. Open defecation is rampant throughout the area, compounded by the absence of public toilets, including in educational institutions.

This dire situation poses significant challenges to maintaining basic hygiene standards, further compromising the health and well-being of residents.

In addition, there is absolute absence of electricity infrastructure in the area which se impacted food preservation methods and overall hygiene practices within the community, amplifying existing health risks and vulnerabilities.

The community is grappling with a severe lack of access to reliable and clean water sources, forcing residents to depend on potentially contaminated local wells for their daily needs.

Against this backdrop of pervasive infrastructural inadequacies, AYGF urgently calls for a concerted national effort to address the pressing challenges posed by heavy metal poisoning in Sokoto State.

The foundation advocates for the implementation of comprehensive measures aimed at eradicating the root causes of the crisis, enhancing access to vital healthcare services, and providing essential support to the numerous victims grappling with the devastating consequences of this public health emergency.

As AYGF mobilizes resources and galvanizes support for its renewed campaign, the organization remains steadfast in its commitment to championing the rights and well-being of vulnerable communities across Africa.


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