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Experts warn against spread of lassa fever

Nigerians have been advised ensure proper management of waste to avoid the attraction of rodents to minimize the spread of Lassa fever in the country.

The Assistant Director Environmental Health unit, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Rita Okea stated this on Radio link, the Radio Nigeria audience participatory programme.

Mrs. Okea explained that, for the present outbreak of Lassa fever to be reduce in Nigeria, there was the need to keep the environment clean and regular washing of hands to curtail the spread of the outbreak.

The Head Research and Knowledge Management, Nigeria Centre for Diseases and Control, Dr. Chinwe Ochu said the Centre had taken measures to curtail the spread of Lassa fever in the country and the Corona virus by ensuring that the nation’s borders are monitored.

Dr. Ochu advised Nigerians not to panic and maintained that the Centre was collaborating with Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that Nigerians are safe.

 The Incident Manager, National Lassa Fever Technical Working Group, Mrs. Chioma Dan-Nwafor described the persistent rate of recurrence of Lassa Fever in the dry season to some ecological factors  such as bush burning that could lead to increase in the transmission of the disease.

Mrs. Dan-Nwafor said her agency had activated dedicated emergency operation and set laboratory testing centres across the country to contain the spread of Lassa fever in the country.

Callers in the programme advised government at all levels to ensure adequate sensitization, to reduce the spread of the disease to other parts of the country.

NEHEMIAH 

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