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Lassa Fever: Lagos to monitor restaurant, fast food outlets

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With the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Ojokoro area of Lagos State, the State government has embarked on monitoring of fast food outlets and restaurants in Lagos. This is to further prevent the spread of the disease after the closure of Ahmadiyya hospital where the incident was first recorded.lasser
The first contact of Lassa disease is through food stuffs in the kitchen. Since the outbreak of Lassa fever, the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of 76 people in various states.
A source close to the Ministry of Environment said that action is being taken by the state government to reduce the spread of the deadly disease with the deployment of field officials to monitor restaurants, fast food centers and markets.
One of the officials who spoke with our reporter yesterday hinted that the team had been mandated to shut down any of the outlets found to be short of standard facility needed to prevent incursion of rats and pesticides. “ We have the support of the governor to stop the spread of Lassa fever the same way we fought and conquered Ebola virus,” he assured.
Senator Stella Oduah in a statement released recently advised Nigerians to imbibe the culture of maintaining a clean environment to avoid further spread of Lassa fever as already reported in various states of the federation.
“Maintaining a clean environment is paramount to avoiding the fast spreading Lassa haemorrhagic fever and avoiding close contact and reporting suspected victims to the nearest Health Centre will also help to curb its further spread”, she said.
Public enlightenment and education during every last Thursday of the month for market sanitation can help check for hiding places of the vectors which can be detected through its droppings, urine stains and gnawing signs.

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