Sunday, 17 January 2016

Stop Drinking Garri For Now To Prevent Lassa Fever – Medical Experts Warns

The Medical and Health Workers Union, Lagos
State council, on Saturday, 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.
“We are going to encourage members of the
public to stop 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

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