9 November 2012

Nigeria: 'Release Lead Poison Funds'

Stakeholders of the Zamfara Lead Poisoning crisis initiated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have called for the immediate release of funds for the remediation of lead contamination in Bagega, Zamfara State.

A statement by the Humanitarian Affairs Officer of MSF, Hosanna Fox, yesterday said releasing the funds is an essential step to enable life-saving medical treatment of children in that area.

It recommended that the Federal Government implement a mechanism to ensure accountability and transparency, to ensure that funds are used effectively and for their intended purpose.

"We urge that the funds be released immediately, without further delay, in order that remediation may begin in time to finish before the rainy season in 2013," the statement said.

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