The Federal Ministry of Health has reported 212 deaths by Lassa Fever and projects another 1000 casualties… way more than Ebola ever did.
While we do not know of the efforts by the Federal government to curb the spread of Lassa fever –other than giving us the statistics- we do know what the Rivers State Government has planned for its residents.
It’s time for the rats to die!!!
The Rivers State Government has launched the “Operation Kill All Rats’ to checkmate Lassa Fever in the state.
During a press briefing, the Commissioner for Environment, Prof Roseline Konya, said the rat is also a vector for other diseases such as urine typhoid and Eboni Plague Fever.
According to her,
“The Caretaker Committee Chairmen have been charged to ensure that all communities are kept clean, while refuse dumps are cleared and fumigated to ensure that there are no more breeding grounds for rats and other vectors.The ministry would ensure regular fumigation of the environment, while refuse contractors will be made to ensure prompt and immediate evacuation and disposal of refuse in the state.”
On her assertion that Environmental health officers would be dispatched to markets every Thursday to ensure proper disposal of refuse, we ask, “Shouldn’t those environmental health officers be dispatched more frequently until the wind of Lassa fever blows away for good?”
Meanwhile, the Rivers Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme, stated that that field officers from the state Ministry of Health were monitoring 250 contacts who may have had contacts with Lassa fever victims to ascertain their status.
“We will continue to monitor and observe them for 21 days in order to ensure that there is no trace of the disease in them.” He said.
Not to be left out, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam- George also delineated its ongoing sensitization campaign against the rampage of Lassa Fever which has claimed three live in Rivers State.
As the government attempts to play its part, it would be wise for the citizenry to remain relentless in its efforts to ensure good hygiene in our homes, school, offices and where else those sinister rats have made their abodes.
Like Senator Shehu Sani said, maybe it’s time we all owned cats. Those rats must die…by fire, by force or by fumigation!!!