Federal Government has confirmed the death of 27 children in a fresh outbreak of lead poisoning from illegal mining in Niger State. The Minister of State for Health, said 63 cases of the outbreak had been confirmed by the government in the state while many animals in affected communities had died.
He said there is palpable fear among neighbouring communities in Kaduna State. However, he said the disease is not contagious.
He also emphasized that the outbreak was deadlier than the one which broke out in Zamfara in 2011, in which 400 people were killed.