The Anambra State Government has banned the drinking of garri in the state as a measure to keep the contraction of Lassa fever.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, reported the ban while teaching inhabitants of the state on measures to stop the ailment, which is spreading in parts of the nation. In his words, he said
“The garri you see spread along the highway while you’re travelling is very risky to consume, especially when you drink it. It is better and surer consuming the ones you prepared yourself. We are by this enlightenment prohibiting the drinking of garri in the state.
“Like any other form of disease, good hygiene practices and taking precautions over all forms of symptoms among family members and friends will go a long way to curb the spread of diseases.
“Hand washing remains an effective way of preventing diseases. Families as well as corporate organisations should re-adopt the use of tip taps and hand sanitisers placed in public places.”
In the mean time, medical doctors across Kogi State on Tuesday met in Lokoja to pay their last regards to their associate, who kicked the bucket of Lassa fever on Sunday.
Ahmed kicked the bucket in Irrua, Edo State at 30 years old in the wake of taking care of a seven-month-old infant, who passed on a day after it was conceded.
At a parade held at the Federal Medical Center Lokoja on Tuesday, specialists communicated their pain in melodies.
They finished their parade at the authoritative piece of the FMC where the Chief Medical Director, Dr Olatunde Alabi, addressed them saying.
“Actually, the late Dr Idowu Ahmed is one of our new doctors that we have here and he has been very hardworking and dedicated to his duties. We are aware that there is an epidemic in the country and we are trying to put our own measures in place so that we don’t have further spread of the disease.”
The Kogi State Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Godwin Tijani, let one know of our journalists that people, who had contact with the perished, had been isolated.
“We feel saddened by the death of one of our colleagues. He is a young chap and after two months, he is no more. We will forever miss him.
“As I speak to you, some of his colleagues who had contact with him have been quarantined and some of them had started taking drugs to ensure the effect is not felt,”
If I’m asked if the ban on garri is a move in the right direction, I’ll say, “Yes”. The method at which garri is being processed in Nigeria is not usually hygienic. Adding to the unhygienic production process, the means of distribution is also inappropriate. You find garri being sold along the highways were cars excite the dust and particles around which in turn settle on the garri. Or you see garri being exposed to dirty environment and disease carrying insects. I don’t think the ban will last or take much effect, but Nigerians should watch the garri which they consume on daily basis. A good suggestion is selling this cassava products in a clean environment. Also, companies or group of people who go into commercial production of garri should be checked to meet some hygienic standards.
Woman arrested for scamming church in Ogun state of N100m
A 39-year old woman, Iwuagwu Onyinyechi, has been apprehended by the Ogun police command after she defrauded a Christian church the sum of N100m, under the disguise of assisting the church to raise fund for her charity programme. Onyinyechi was able to defraud the church with forged documents three good times.
The police command in a statement read by its spokesman on Sunday Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Onyinyechi’s arrest followed a complain filed by a lawyer of the church, Godswill Ojakovo, to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, in which he said that his client, the church, was defrauded by Onyinyechi through an act of forgery.
According to the spokesman, Oyeyemi, the suspect claimed to have obtained a Local Purchase Order (LPO) from a property company and pleaded to the church to help fund the LPO, after which a sum of N33.118m was successfully transferred into to her bank account.
While the church was awaiting the repayment of the loan, Onyinyechi came with another two LPOs she claimed she got from a Catholic Hospital, Iju and a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State. Another sum of N77m was given to her, after convincing the church with relevant documents and proofs to back her claims.
But as soon as Onyinyechi got the last payment in September 2018, she went loose and this prompted the church to make discreet inquiries about the LPOs she submitted and found out that they were forged.
Tanzania woman attacked by her husband for refusing to give him anal sex
A married woman from Kijichi Mkoa, Western Zanzibar in Tanzania is left with deep cuts on her face after a fight with her husband whom she refused to give anal sex.
The victim says her husband been making moves to get his demands but she has been refusing only because Islam does not support anal sex. The victim says her partner says she is being “naive” on matters with sex.
“He began demanding anal sex from me three months after our wedding. I told him: ‘no’; straight away! He, however, kept on urging me to give in to his demands. Even when I was seven months pregnant, he still wanted to have anal sex with me. I stood my ground, nonetheless,”- the victim told Tanzania’s Mwananchi Newspaper .
The lady revealed that her husband was rejected by two women because he asked them of the same act. The accused, denied his wife’s claims, saying the fight between them broke out after his in-laws (wife relatives) demanded a lot of money as dowry from him.
According to him, his wife’s family mocks him for being “broke”.
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