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‘Kill Rats, Make Money’ in Lagos State

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A Non-governmental organization, Phosguard Fumigant Ltd, in partnership with the government, has introduced a bounty, “Kill rats, make money.’’

Mr Oluwasegun Benson, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the bounty would help to de-rat the state and it is part of a strategy to eliminate Lassa fever.

He said, “As part of efforts to de-rat the state and prevent epidemic from Lassa Fever and other diseases, a bounty has been placed on rats in the state.

“We will buy off at least 20 rats for a yet-to-be determined amount; in Lagos now it is operation kill rats and make money.

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“A rat has 28 days gestation period and in the past years, there has not been any solid structure on ground to curb them from infecting humans with diseases.

“We are already approaching an epidemic level which can lead to a pandemic level with Lassa Fever and we must be proactive and launch a more coordinated approach to control them.

“It is war against rodents and pests in Lagos State,’’ he said.

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