In order to forestall further occurrence of deaths caused by LASSA fever, Chairman AGEGE Local government, Ganiyu Egunjobi has taken a campaign throughout the local government commencing from the three main markets in the area against infection of Lassa fever.
Addressing market men and women on Tuesday at the Agege main market, the chairman reminded them that two persons were recently confirmed dead from Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, even as a resident doctor has been infected with the disease.
He explained to them 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 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 explained further to them that the only prevention is to maintain personal hygiene 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”, he said.
Egunjobi also told them that charity begins at home which means they must also make sure that their home environment is clean adding that the local government under his administration will build a school close to the market as he encouraged them to pay their dues and taxes so as to assist government to deliver its campaign promises to them.
The council boss was in company of the council manager, Mrs Mayowa Kuforiji who also appealed to the public to cooperate with governments in area of personal hygiene saying the campaign against Lassa fever has been ongoing since the outbreak which has claimed two lives in the state.
“We have been using public address system, calling on our people to ensure their environment is clean not only to prevent Lassa fever but other diseases caused by uncleanliness”, she said.
In her response, the Iyaloja general of Agege main market, Mrs. Taibat Tijani said the campaign is a welcome idea as it will go a long way to ensure safety of lives as she promised to take it beyond the market by sensitizing people in the area on how to maintain personal hygiene both at home and in their places of work.