A cassava product known as one of Nigeria most popular staple food consumed across all tribe called ‘’Garri’’ has been identified as a major source of contracting the Lassa fever.
The Enugu State, Director of Public Health, Dr Boniface Okolo in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria NAN, cautioned Nigerians against the consumption of soaked garri to avoid contacting Lassa fever, Saying the rats that caused the disease were mostly in contact with ‘garri.
He said it has become imperative to discourage consumption of soaked garri since it did not require boiled water as boiled water could go a long way to kill bacteria caused by pest or rodents in garri.
“We are also sensitizing the public to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed raw and cook to the appropriate temperature. “The best practices for food storage should be encouraged to prevent epidemic.” We should always make sure that we use air-tight clean plastic containers to preserve our foodstuff to avoid Lassa fever and other diseases,” he said. This coming as Ministry of Health in Abia State confirms outbreak of Lassa fever in Abia community.