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Widow who boiled stones as food for her children loses baby girl


The four-month-old baby of the Kenyan widow who was filmed cooking stones to make her children believe she was preparing food has died, according to local media.

According to Peninah Bahati Kitsao’s 24-year-old son, the baby girl, Mary Kaingo, who was his mother’s last child, died after being discharged from hospital where she was treated for persistent fever.

She was said to have been receiving treatment at Makadara Hospital before she died.

“She developed a fever and a few days later they took her to hospital after they noticed that there was spotting in her stool. It got worse and sadly, she did not make it,” a source stated.

The child’s death comes a week after Peninah Bahati Kitsao received aid to save her children from dying of hunger.

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Ms Kitsao’s four-month-old baby, Mary Kaingu, died on Thursday morning after having a fever for three days.

The family immediately made arrangements to collect the body from Coast General Hospital, where the child was treated, for the burial.

The BBC had earlier reported that neighbours raised funds for Mrs Kitsaowho lives in the coastal city of Mombasa after her plight went public in April.

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A local organisation also helped her to open a bank account because she is illiterate, the BBC report added.

Peninah Bahati Kitsao used to wash laundry locally but can’t work due to the restrictions caused by the deadly coronavirus.

Her husband was killed by a gang last year.

The BBC added that the government’s feeding programmed, part of measures to cushion the most vulnerable from the coronavirus crisis, had not gotten to her as of April 30.

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Workers threaten strike over unpaid salary arrears in Ondo



Workers in Ondo State Public Service have threatened to go on strike following the government’s failure to pay their outstanding salaries.

The workers, under the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), gave the notice in a letter made available to the newsmen in Akure on Saturday.

They gave Gov. Akeredolu till Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to do the needful.

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Their decision to embark on industrial action was contained in a letter to the governor and jointly signed by state Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Oluwaniyi Fabunmi and the State Secretary, JNC, Kehinde Olomiye.

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The letter reads,

“We write to bring to your attention the already ‘gathered cloud’ of very serious impending Labour/Government face-off which will be the very first in the life of your administration as the elected Governor of Ondo State.”

The JNC had, therefore, issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government calling for negotiations or the workers would go on strike.

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Newsmen report that the workers are demanding for their leave bonus and other entitlements pending over the years.












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Covid-19 recoveries in Oyo exceed 900- Makinde



No fewer than 925 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection in Oyo State, following the recovery and discharge of 91 more patients.

Gov. Seyi Makinde announced this via his official Twitter account on Saturday.

However, the state has recorded 85 new COVID-19 cases following tests carried out on suspected cases.

“Ninety-one confirmed COVID-19 cases received their second NEGATIVE test results and have been discharged.

“This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to 925.

“Also, the COVID-19 confirmation tests for 85 suspected cases came back POSITIVE.

“The cases are from Ibadan N (17), Ibadan SW (13), Oyo E (9), Ido (8), Lagelu (7), Oluyole (6), Orelope (3), Akinyele (3), Egbeda (3), Ibadan NE (3), Ona Ara (2), Atiba (2), Ogbomosho S (2), Iseyin (2), Ibadan SE (1), Ogbomosho N (1), Oyo W (1), Ibadan NW (1) & Ibarapa C (1) Local Government Areas.

“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State today is 1,689.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre on 08095394000 | 08095863000 | 08078288999 | 08078288800 or visit a community-based testing centre, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, tiredness, body ache, loss of smell/taste and shortness of breath,” he said.


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NAFDAC warns consumers in Borno against unregistered hand sanitisers



The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Saturday warned consumers in Borno to avoid unregistered hand sanitisers which might contain substances that could be toxic and harmful.
The NAFDAC’s state Coordinator, Mr Nasiru Mato, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen, in Maiduguri on Saturday.
Mato said that some of the unregistered hand sanitisers might contain methanol, a substance that could be toxic if absorbed through the skin or ingested.
He said that substantial methanol exposure could lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches, permanent blindness and seizures.
“Consumers of regulated products in Borno have once again been urged to always look out and patronise only hand sanitisers registered by NAFDAC for their safety.
“Any regulated product which does not have NAFDAC registration number, Batch number, manufacture date, expiry date, name and full location address of manufacturer is deemed unsafe for use as the safety and efficacy of such product cannot be guaranteed,” he said.
Mato said that the Agency had registered quite a number of hand sanitisers in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic to meet the need of the current reality.
According to him, the Borno state office of the Agency has recently embarked on massive surveillance in Maiduguri with a view to mopping up all unregistered hand sanitisers to safeguard public health.
“The exercise is part of the regulatory measures put in place by the Agency to educate and sensitise consumers and various stakeholders to the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of regulated products,” he said.
Mato said that the agency had also conducted sensitisation campaign at various patent medicine shops,  supermarkets, corner shops as well as markets within Maiduguri metropolis.
The state Coordinator reiterated that the  tempo would be sustained.
He called on all intending manufacturers of regulated products to go to NAFDAC offices to get the necessary guideline for registration of their products.
He also warned that serious sanctions would be meted out to any manufacturer who flouted NAFDAC Laws.
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