Lassa fever: Ekiti Government tasks residents on clean environment

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Ekiti State Government has called on residents to always ensure a
clean environment to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, made the call on Saturday
while monitoring the First Edition of the monthly Environmental
Sanitation Exercise for the year.

Egbeyemi admonished the people of the state to always clear the bush
in their surroundings and also cautioned against sun-drying food items
by the roadsides where rats can have access to them.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the
Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the monitoring exercise took
Egbeyemi to towns like Ido, Usi, Ilogbo, Igbole, Ifisin, Aaye and
Ifaki, all in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state.

He promised that government would do everything possible to prevent
the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state which is ravaging some
neighbouring states.

The Deputy Governor, who was joined by the Chairman of Ido/Osi Local
Government, Mr. Ayodimeji Adeola and other Senior Government
Officials, frowned at some market women and commercial motorcyclists
for not observing the Sanitation Exercise.

While noting that a clean environment is the first step towards
preventing the Lassa scourge, Egbeyemi also advocated concrete
measures towards eliminating rats and rodents which are the carriers
of the disease.

Egbeyemi further warned the people of the state and passersby against
violating Environmental Law which prohibits roaming about, trading and
other activities during sanitation hours.

He contended that Landlord Association Meetings is not an excuse for
residents not to observe the monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise
which, he said, was established for the good of the people.

Egbeyemi said: “The most important thing is the health of our people
and we want to make it clear to our people that observing
Environmental Sanitation will go a long way in preventing Lassa fever
outbreak in our state.

“We pray that Lassa fever does not come to Ekiti State and we must try
to avoid it by cleaning our environment. People who are making garri
and yam flour should stop spreading them along the roadsides.

“You know Lassa fever is ravaging some states now and even in some West
African countries but we don’t want it in our state, hence, the need
to clean our surroundings and clear the bush around us.”

Egbeyemi also tasked Local Government Chairmen and other stakeholders
on the need to always ensure strict compliance with Environmental
Sanitation in their domains.

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