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LASSA FEVER: NIGERIANS AND THEIR UNDYING LOVE FOR RATS

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Despite several attempts to end the spread of Lassa fever, Nigerians are yet to end their romantic relationships with rats. Many have come out openly to say that they are of nutritional value.
With several records of deaths from the Lassa fever outbreak, it’s still shocking to find many rat loving Nigerians condemning the ministry of health for telling them to stop eating rats.
The Ebonyi state government, in an effort to prevent further outbreak of Lassa fever, is to begin intensive campaigns against rat consumption in rural areas where inhabitants strongly believe rats have high nutritional value.
Mr Donatus Njoku who is the commissioner for environment told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abakaliki that the government would explore all avenues to dissuade the citizens from consuming rats.
So far it has been reported that Lassa fever outbreak in the state in January resulted in four deaths.
“Rats are the primary vectors of the disease, and we are vigorously carrying out enlightenment through mass media, workshops, seminars and various ministries’ communication channels.
“We have also continued to sensitise the populace to urgently report suspected cases to relevant health agencies. With the total functionality of the state government-owned South-East Virology Centre, such an occurrence can be expeditiously handled.’’
He also said there would be a collaboration with traditional rulers and other opinion leaders at the grassroots to educate rural dwellers to shun such a notion and realise that rat is the disease’s primary vector.

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