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Lassa fever: Anambra bans drinking of garri

The Anambra State Government has banned the drinking of garri in the state as a measure to prevent the contraction of Lassa fever.

Dr. Joe Akabuike, the state’s Health Commissioner announced the ban while educating residents of the state on measures to prevent the disease, which is spreading in parts of the country.

He said,

“The garri you see spread along the highway while you’re travelling is very risky to consume, especially when you drink it. It is better and surer consuming the ones you prepared yourself. We are by this enlightenment prohibiting the drinking of garri in the state.

“Like any other form of disease, good hygiene practices and taking precautions over all forms of symptoms among family members and friends will go a long way to curb the spread of diseases.

“Hand washing remains an effective way of preventing diseases. Families as well as corporate organisations should re-adopt the use of tip taps and hand sanitisers placed in public places.”

Meanwhile, medical doctors on Tuesday in Kogi State gathered in Lokoja to pay their tribute to their colleague, who died of Lassa fever on Sunday.

Doctor Ahmed, 30 died in Irrua, Edo State after attending to a seven-month-old baby, who died a day after it was admitted.

Doctors expressed their grief in songs at a procession held at the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja on Tuesday.

They ended their procession at the administrative block of the FMC where the Chief Medical Director, Dr Olatunde Alabi, addressed them.

Alabi said,

“Actually, the late Dr Idowu Ahmed is one of our new doctors that we have here and he has been very hardworking and dedicated to his duties. We are aware that there is an epidemic in the country and we are trying to put our own measures in place so that we don’t have further spread of the disease.”

The Kogi State Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Godwin Tijani, revealed that persons, who had contact with the deceased, had been quarantined.

“We feel saddened by the death of one of our colleagues. He is a young chap and after two months, he is no more. We will forever miss him.

“As I speak to you, some of his colleagues who had contact with him have been quarantined and some of them had started taking drugs to ensure the effect is not felt,” he said.

We hereby call on the National Association of Garri smokers to take note of this.

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