Lassa fever: Be wary of garri consumption ―Commissioner

ANAMBRA state Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, has challenged residents of the state to take the hygiene of their environment serious against any form of the disease.

He also advised the citizenry to be mindful of the kind of garri they consume in view of the prevalent spread of Lassa fever being recorded across the country.

Speaking during a radio programme, “Anambra Talks”, Akabuike specifically cautioned against the purchase of the product from certain parts of the country where it is exposed to all forms of contaminations.

“That garri you see spread along the highway while you’re travelling is very risky to consume especially when you drink it. It is better and surer consuming the ones you prepared yourself,” he said.

The Commissioner, who assured there was no need to panic over the outbreak of the dreaded disease in the state, however, explained that the Ministry is battle ready to ensure the epidemic does not permeate into the state.

He emphasized that like any other form of the disease, good hygiene practices and taking precautions overall form of symptoms among family members and friends will go a long way to curb the spread of the diseases.

“Hand washing remains an effective way of preventing diseases. Families, as well as corporate organizations, should re-adopt the use of tip taps and hand sanitizers placed in public places,” he noted.

Akabuike further listed the creation of Primary Health Care Agency, the Health Insurance Scheme and revitalization of secondary care institutions as some of the reforms being carried out in the State.

“These reforms are being carried out to stand the test of time and is playing a great role in putting the health sector in the state as one of the best across the country,” he added.


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