As part of the Amuwo Odofin Local Government commitment to combating the Lassa fever virus, the Environmental Health Services department, has begun the deratization of major markets in the Local government with the popular Oyinlola and Omotanwa markets, in Festac Town, Lagos as the first point of call.

The Executive Secretary of the Local Government, Deaconess Modupe Ajibola-Ojodu who was on ground to participate in the exercise, noted that market places are were commodities especially food items are sold to the general public for consumption and poor sanitary situation of these place are of great concern for public health, as they are heavily infested with pests and vectors which are the major carriers of LASSA fever.

Deaconess Ajibola-Ojodu explain further that though people had earlier been sensitized on the effect and control of the LASSA fever, “we thought it wise to further deratize the market and other public places”.

She expressed appreciation to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for the laudable synergy to make Lagos State a LASSA free state.

Meanwhile, the Head of Environmental Health Services in the Local Government, Richard Tella opined that “the exercise will not only safeguard the health of the traders, buyers and workers at the markets, but would also prevent the spread of the disease from the markets to the communities.”

Richard Tella also advocated personal hygiene as a panacea to the spread of any kind of disease. In his word, “I also think that we should continually pay attention to our personal hygiene, which include washing of our hands and cleaning of our environment always. It is a sure bet of eradicating any form of disease.”

Amuwo Odofin Local Government
41 Road, Festac Town, Lagos - Nigeria.
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