The Medical and Health Workers Union, Lagos State Council, has noted that it would embark on public enlightenment to stop consumption of soaked garri for now to prevent Lassa Fever.
Mr Razak Adeofalade, the Chairman of the union stated this in an interview with the NAN in Lagos on Saturday. According to him, the house rats that caused Lassa Fever are mostly in contact with any exposed raw foods.
His words: “We are going to encourage members of the public to depart from the process of drinking gari at this moment, it is better that the cassava flour is utilised for `eba,’ because of the use of hot water.
“We are waging total war and that is: `War against Rats,’ and that is what we are going to do to ensure we do not have another victim of Lassa Fever in the state. We will also be telling them to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed raw and cook to the appropriate temperature.
“The whole essence is to enlighten our people because education carries a lot of weight in this whole activity,’’ he said. Adeofalade added that the union was also calling for adaptation of best practices for food storage to prevent an epidemic,” he added.
According to him, the union is determined to wage war against rat in the state and public enlightenment on fighting an epidemic. “We will go into premises, market place and teach them on the best practice of storing of food items from contacts with rodents,’’ he said.
On any outbreak of Lassa Fever, members of the public and health workers in Lagos State are to report any case or symptoms of persistent high fever not responding to standard treatment for malaria and typhoid fever to the nearest health facility or call the following lines: 08037170614, 08022234273, 08022241768, 08033065303, 08033086660, 08055281442 and 08023169485Vivour-Adeniyi
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