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Date: 2010-08-30 10:26:43



The high casualty recently recorded in the Kaduna, Zamfara gas explosions has been blamed on poor Chemical Management in the country.
 The President of ICCON, Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru made the assertion while speaking to journalists when he led a delegation of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) recently to pay a condolence visit on the former First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua in Katsina.
Prof. Zuru regretted that the death toll which occurred as a result of the explosions in the two northern states of Nigeria could have been avoided if the authorities had mobilized the professional chemists on the wake of the inferno to analyze the gas inhaled and recommend the appropriate vaccine.
“You know all chemicals are poisonous depending on how you handle them, not only with individuals but within any environment. Users of chemical products have to be educated on the way they handle them by trained professional chemists either with government hospital or private practice” he said.
Lamenting the poor management of the incidence, he added, “Victims of Kaduna gas explosion have not even known the gas they inhaled, when they ought to be taken to chemists in Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna Petrochemical Refinery Company (KPRC) or private practitioners for immediate sampling, to detect the gas type for the right treatment.
It would be recalled that the Institute have been drumming attention to the need to integrate chemists into government programmes via the establishment of proper chemical management policies in the country. The leadership of ICCON believes that this would help check incidence of chemical infernos and usher in an era of better health for Nigerians.

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