Sunday 17 January 2016

Consuming Soaked Garri Could Make You Catch Lassa Fever - Medical Union Warns


Plenty it would seem. Following the death of over 40 people nationwide due to the dreaded lassa fever caused by rats  – the Medical and Health Workers Union, Lagos State Council yesterday embarked on a public enlightenment to let people know that consumption of soaked garri could cause Lassa fever.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Razak Adeofalade, the Chairman of the union said the house rats that caused Lassa Fever are mostly in contact with garri which is a cassava product.

He said,

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.

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