Nigerians have been warned to stay away from the consumption of soaked garri, at least for now so as to prevent Lassa fever. The warning is coming from the Medical and Health Workers Union.
The Medical and Health Workers Union, Lagos State council, on Saturday (January 16, 2016), said that it would embark on public enlightenment to discourage drinking of garri for now to prevent Lassa fever.
Mr Razak Adeofalade, Chairman of the union, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to him, the house rats that cause Lassa fever are mostly in contact with Nigerian most staple food, garri, a cassava product.
According to Mr Adeofalade: “We are going to encourage members of the public to depart from the process of drinking garri 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.
“We call for adaptation of best practices for food storage to prevent 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.
Note : So far, Over 45 death have been recorded in 10 states since the emergence of Lassa fever.