The Project Manager, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi, said the gas chlorine leakage at the Plateau State Water Board in Jos, which recently killed eight people was still stockpiled and leaking at the plant.
He said “we discovered that the source of the poison has not been destroyed. It is still hanging. We have evidence that there are leakages.”
He said the centre would have to embark on a massive health education on what to do when there is a leakage.
Professor Nasidi, who led a team of doctors from the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, NFELTP, told journalists during an inspection of the plant that “we cannot guarantee that it won’t happen again. We have to quickly start massive health education because if it happens again, nobody will forgive us.”
The team from the centre, made up of eight specialists in field epidemiology, visited the plant after having discussions with relevant agencies and identified a stockpile of the gas chlorine and leakages from expired cylinders.
Nasidi, who was conducted round the facility by the plant manager, Pam Cholom, also visited the community where the victims of the July 25 gas leakage lived in and informed them of the dangers of living close to the water board.
Nasidi said there was no need waiting for the report of the committee. “We don’t want to wait for the committee. The more you wait for a committee, the more people die,” insisting that his team was going to turn in a report with recommendations for the immediate destruction of the cylinder and its poisonous content as well.’’
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Hanatu Dantong, disclosed that the state government has set up various committees to find the cause of the leakage, how to stop future occurrence and how to resolve the issue of those living close to the water board.

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