At least 120 people have been hospitalised in Mundadu, a suburb of Kano, when suspected harmful substances from expired industrial gas cylinders contaminated the air and spread to some neighbourhoods.
According to eyewitnesses, the event occurred on Friday evening when Saifullahi gathered scrap metal for recycling and crushed it.
“The source of the contaminated air is a scrap metal collection site. “The issue began on Friday evening,” a witness reported.
The area’s ward chief, Magaji Abdullahi, confirmed the occurrence to reporters.
He stated, “I was notified this evening that there was an issue at the location where Saifullahi Muhammad collects scrap metal.
At least thirty individuals were brought to the hospital. Some were sent to the Ja’en Primary Health Care Center, while others were transported to the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital.”
He stated that Ja’o’ji Division police had been apprised of the development.
PFS Saminu Abdullahi, Kano State Fire Service Public Relations, verified the occurrence and stated that numerous individuals have already been transported to various hospitals for medical care.
“Approximately 70 of them were sent to Jaen’s basic healthcare facility, while 50 were transported to the Murtala Muhammad specialist hospital,” he said.
Abdullahi noted that no lives had been lost thus far in the incident.
The majority of casualties brought to the Ja’en Primary Health Care centre for emergency care are women and children, according to the Daily Trust.
Residents of the region says that the affected individuals displayed symptoms of sore throat, coughing, and vomiting.
As an investigation is ongoing, the Kano State Police command has dispatched officers to seal off the area and prevent other individuals from approaching there.
SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, a police officer in charge of public relations, stated that only forty individuals have been hospitalised so far.
Remember that around three instances involving explosives claimed lives and property in Kano within the past month.
SHAUNTV has learned that the Kano state government has convened an emergency meeting to discuss the problem since late Friday evening.