Toxic emission lands scores in hospital in Kano

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69 persons have been hospitalised due to hazardous chemical discharge at Sharada quarters in Kano metropolis.

According to reports, the incident occurred on Friday evening when a suspected chemical was released from a cylinder at a scrap company.

Residents said that the community suffered offensive pollution when the toxic substance was released, which left several people, including children and pregnant women with various health implications.

Although the nature and content of the substance were not yet known or ascertained by any concerned authority, residents lamented the possible multiplier health effects of the chemical, which they claimed has continued to spread discomfort in the area.

The incident occurred a few hours after Sheka quarters, another community in the metropolis witnessed a gas cylinder explosion, that resulted in the death of two people and injured 19 others.

Confirming the incident, Chief Medical Director, Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital, Dr. Hussain Muhammad, told newsmen that 69 residents of the affected community were admitted for various health conditions.

Dr. Muhammad said the victims were receiving medical attention in the emergency ward, including those who suffered suffocation.

Spokesperson for the Command, Superintendent of Police (SP), Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said the Commissioner of Police, Ismaila Dikko, has ordered the deployment of a technical team to conduct a discreet investigation of the incident.

Similarly, the spokesperson for Kano State Fire Service, Mallam Saminu Yusuf, said men of the service have begun fumigation of the community to reduce the health hazard of the strange chemical.

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