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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Stop Drinking Garri - Health Ministry Warns Nigerians.

Enugu State Director of Public Health, Dr Boniface Okolo, has warned Nigerians of the high consumption of cassava flakes "Garri" if they want to avoid contacting Lassa fever.

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In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, Dr Okolo said Lassa fever is caused by a breed of rats that were frequently in contact with garri.

He added that consuming garri is not encouraged because it might have been contaminated and boiled water isn't used in preparing it before drinking. He said that the hot water would be very effective in killing the bacterias in the garri that was carried by the pests.

He said;
“It is better that the cassava flakes called garri is used for ‘eba’, because of the use of hot water.
“We in the state health ministry are waging total war against rodents through sensitisation, that is what we are doing to ensure we do not have victim of Lassa fever in the state.
“We are also sensitising the public to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed them 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,”.

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