Hygiene, sanitation vital to Lassa fever prevention — Expert



Dr Muhammed Isyaka, an Epidemiologist at the Yobe Ministry Health, stressed the need good hygiene and sanitation as essential measures to preventing  Lassa Fever disease.

Isyaka said in Gashua,  Yobe, when the state team on sensitisation against Lassa Fever visited the Emir Bade, Alhaji Suleiman in his palace.

He said “people must promote good hygiene to discourage rodents from entering homes.

“They must also keep foods and water covered to prevent contamination by rats and other reptiles and  store grains and other in clean containers.

“People should also dispose garbage far from their homes, maintain clean , avoid drying materials in open places.

“They should not touch rats with bare hands and avoid contact with blood, fluids while caring sick .”

The emir then called on the state government to reintroduce environmental health inspectors in the state.

He said that the reintroduction would as a measure toward tackling any outbreak and spread diseases.

Abdullahi Bego, the Yobe Commissioner Information, Home Affairs and Culture, who is also the campaign team leader, reiterated the state government’s commitment to sensitise people on how to prevent any disease outbreak.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the campaign against Lassa fever in Yobe was launched on Feb. 25 in Damaturu, the state capital. (NAN)