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Poisoned child still battling for life —Niger govt

Niger State government has said it has been battling to save the life of a baby, Mohammed Isah, who was recently poisoned with locally-made insecticide, popularly known as “otapiapia” by his stepmother, Bilkisu Adamu Isah, at Kopa village, in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

The Director General, Child Rights Unit, Governor’s Office, Minna, Hajiya Mariam Kolo, stated this in an interview with Sunday Tribune over the weekend in Minna.

“Presently as I speak to you, Mohammed needs proper medical attention and he has been on admission again at the General Hospital, Minna at the instance of the government based on our recommendation.”

She disclosed further that doctors had administered some drugs on him last Friday as well as conducted series of tests on him in order to ensure that he would lived a normal life.

It will be recalled that Sunday Tribune broke the news of the boy’s poisoning by his stepmother, who blamed her action on her inability to bear a male child for the father of the boy, who is her husband.