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Govt warns against drinking from Osun River

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As the grand finale of the annual Osun festival takes place today, the Osun State Government has warned tourists, devotees and visitors not to drink water from the Osun River due to contamination.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu gave the warning in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Osogbo.

Recall that in December, a civic group, Urban Alert, raised the alarm that the Osun river has been heavily contaminated with mercury, lead, cyanide and other injurious elements that are poisonous to human health.

 

Laboratory Tests and Geographical Information Analysis established the presence of heavy elements in the river and blamed it on the activities of miners.

Confirming the presence of deadly elements in the Osun River, on Thursday, the State government said it has embarked on the sensitisation to discourage people from drinking the water during the festival as it had been contaminated by the activities of artisanal miners and dangerous for human consumption

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