The Lagos State branch of Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN), yesterday said plans were underway to rid major markets in the state of rodents, to avert the spread of Lassa fever.
The Chairman, Mr Samuel Akingbehin, said that the exercise, which will commence today Saturday January 16, 2016, will be based on one local government or council development area markets per day and the association will be collaborating with security agencies, executive members of the various markets and health officers in the state to ensure effectiveness of the exercise.
The exercise will also be extended to hospitals, schools and homes in the entire state.
Akingbehin urged traders at the various markets to cooperate with the officers. He noted that the exercise will begin from 5 p.m. daily.
“We will go into the market in the evenings, de-rat the place and return in the early morning to pick up the dead rats for proper disposal. Letters have been given out to all market leaders to give us access to the markets”, he said.
He said structures encouraging the breeding of rats such as shanties, illegal structures, accumulated and misused articles would be removed.
The exercise will start with prominent markets such as Mile 12 Market in Kosofe LGA; Karo Market in Oshodi; Oke-Odo Market in Agbado Oke-Odo; Ikotun Market in Alimosho LGA. Others are Suru, Obanju and Ajeromi Markets; Agege Market, Agege LGA; Awolowo Market in Mushin; Okoko Market in Ojo LGA; Vespa Market in Oto – Awori LCDA; Sangrouse and Sura Markets in Lagos Island LGA; Obada Market in Obalende. Also included are Ishaga Market in Ifako-Ijaye LGA; Oyingbo Market in Mainland LGA; and Ayetoro Market in Epe LGA and others.