Lagos State government said it would on Friday, 13th March 2020 begin an eight-week massive deratisation and fumigation of no fewer than 27 model colleges with hostel facilities, abattoirs and slaughterhouses, agricultural produce markets as well as regular markets in the state.
The deratisation and fumigation exercise would end on Thursday, 7th May 2020.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, disclosed this on Wednesday, saying the exercise was aimed at preventing the outbreak and spread of the Lassa Fever in Lagos State.
According to the commissioner, the model colleges listed for the exercise are; Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Meiran; Lagos Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Igbookuta; Civil Service Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Igbogbo; Oriwu Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Ikorodu; Girls’ Junior Model College, Agunfoye, Igbogbo; Government Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Owutu, Ikorodu; Eva- Adelaja Memorial Senior and Junior Secondary Schools, Bariga; Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Badore; and Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Igbonla.
Others are; Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Agbowa-Ikosi; Government Senior and Junior Colleges, Ketu-Epe; Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Kankon, Badagry; Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Ojo; and Badagry Senior and Junior Grammar Schools, Badagry.
Lawal added that the agricultural produce and regular markets to be deratised are: the Agboju Market; Afolabi-Ege Market, Iyana- Iba; Agbalata Market, Badagry; Ikoga Market, Badagry; Alayabiagba Market, Ajegunle; Mile 12 Market; Ketu Market; Sabo Market, Ikorodu; Ejina Market, Ikorodu; Flower Market, Odogunyan; Ito-Okin Market; Ayetoro Market, Epe; Ebute Chief Market, Epe; Mojoda Market, Epe; Pobo Market, Poka, Epe; Sura Market, Lagos Island; and Oke-Arin Market, Lagos Island.
The rest are; Ajah Market; Sangotedo Market; Eleko Market; Oyingbo Market; Idera Market, Agege; Ile-Epo Market; Ogo-Oluwa Market, Arena, Oshodi; Onitire Market, Itire; Ogba Sunday Market; Alade Market, Ikeja; and Ojuwoye Market, Mushin.
According to the Commissioner, all the abattoirs and slaughterhouses in the state would also be deratised, stressing that the state government was taking the proactive measures in order to improve the overall general sanitation and hygiene situations of these public places in the State.
He urged residents to ensure that rats were totally exterminated from their homes while also taking effective measures to discourage them from entering homes, adding that the importance of promoting good community hygiene cannot be overemphasized.
The commissioner enjoined members of the public to always store grains and other foodstuffs in rat-proof containers, saying that garbage should be disposed of far from homes.
He equally enjoined Lagosians to maintain clean households culture while practising basic handwashing hygiene.