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LASSA FEVER OUTBREAK: Clean Your Environment, Delta Environment Commissioner Urges Residents

Mar 28, 2024

By Onomiguren Agbamu

With the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in Delta state, the Hon. Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Jamani Tommy Ejiro has called on residents to always ensure that their environment is clean and tidy.

The commissioner spoke to journalists on Wednesday at Asaba revealing the effort the Delta State Government has put so far to curtail the spread in collaboration with the ministry of health.

Jamani noted that the State Government has started a sensitization campaign across the State on why Deltans should keep their environment clean, saying that a clean environment is a healthy environment.

According to the commissioner’s statement; ” when the outbreak of the Lassa Fever got to us, we sensitized the public that there is an outbreak of Lassa Fever, and that it is caused by deity environment where rats often go to search for food”.

He added, “rodents or rats are the carrier of the disease (the Lassa Fever), so, when your environment is not clean, you leave your food open, and you have rats around, it is expected that one can be affected by the disease (Lassa Fever) in as much the rodents are affected”.

The commissioner also revealed that the State Government through the ministry of environment is working towards a clean state, and that plans are on top gear to reach market-places, saying it could be another place where people contact it.

He said, ” we are doing our best to see how we can reach the market-places because it another place that people go to buy and sell goods and services, it another place rats that are bigger than grascutter are”.

” We want to fumigate the market, some of the people impacted could be as a result of the market place”.

” We are doing our best to ensure that the spread of the Lassa Fever is curtailed in the state, we are collaborating with the ministry of health, they are doing well to make sure that those affected are well treated and care for, and the spread of the Lassa Fever will be a thing of the past”.

On sanitation, the commissioner noted that the monthly sanitation will hold, but there won’t be restriction of movement but advised residents not to wait for monthly sanitation before cleaning where they live.

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