In a bid to continue the sensitization drive about the effects of the deadly Lassa fever, the newly elected chairman of Agege Local Government, Hon. Ganiyu Egunjobi, has commenced the campaign against the disease across three main markets in the LG area.
This development is in connection with the efforts to take the campaign against the disease throughout the local government area.
While addressing the market men and women at the Agege main market, Hon. Egunjobi explained that Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. “The disease is usually initially spread to people via contact with the urine or feces of an infected multimammate rat. There is no vaccine yet for the treatment,” he said.
The council boss further explained the need to maintain personal hygiene as a means of preventing the disease adding that market places are usually too dirty and it is a safe haven for rodents to inhabit.
“We are here today to help you kill all the rats in this market through proper fumigation exercise but the onus lies on you to maintain a clean environment by ensuring personal hygiene,” Egunjobi said.
In her response, the Iyaloja general of Agege main market, Mrs. Taibat Tijani, said the campaign is a wlecome idea as it will go a long way to ensure safety of lives.
The Iyaloja promised to take the campaign beyond the market by sensitizing people in the area on how to maintain personal hygiene both at home and in their places of work.