ADVERTISEMENT

WHO calls for intensive awareness campaign in rural areas

"The key thing is prevention because we are still coming to the peak; February and March are actually the period for bush burning. We can actually prevent this; People should stop the practices of bush burning and spreading 'garri' outside.

Lassa fever(This picture is for illustrative purposes).

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday urged governments at all levels to intensify public awareness campaigns on Lassa Fever in the rural areas. Mrs Faith Irehi, WHO Coordinator in Edo, made the call during a sensitisation campaign on Lassa fever in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.

"Following the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in Etsako West and other parts of the country, governments need to sensitise the public on the need to maintain good personal hygiene, especially in the rural areas. What we need to do is to ensure that our people are well informed as everyone needs to know what to do to prevent the disease from affecting them.’’

Irehi said that people living in the rural areas were at greater risk of contracting the disease especially those who lived where rats and rodents are often found. She also advised communities to improve on their hygiene level and protect their foods from the excreta and urine of rodents, particularly the `Natal Multimammate’ mouse.

The 'Natal Multimammate’ specie of mouse was found to be the natural host of the Lassa fever virus. The WHO coordinator cautioned people against bush burning and spreading 'garri’ outside, saying that this was common with people living in the rural areas.

ADVERTISEMENT

"They should cook their food well because the things that can cause Lassa fever include contact with the faeces, saliva and secretions from infected people or agents,’’ Irehi advised.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

FCT minister says criminals, not hungry Nigerians, looted warehouse

FCT minister says criminals, not hungry Nigerians, looted warehouse

Nigerian lawmakers feel insulted because Binance CEO refuses to appear before them

Nigerian lawmakers feel insulted because Binance CEO refuses to appear before them

Betty still goes by Ondo Gov's wife on Instagram 2 months after Akeredolu's death

Betty still goes by Ondo Gov's wife on Instagram 2 months after Akeredolu's death

Oyo health workers begin 7-day strike as Govt ignores their unmet demands

Oyo health workers begin 7-day strike as Govt ignores their unmet demands

Edo State governor Obaseki criticises CBN's new monetary policy

Edo State governor Obaseki criticises CBN's new monetary policy

APC, Sylva want termination of Bayelsa election tribunal over alleged bias

APC, Sylva want termination of Bayelsa election tribunal over alleged bias

Akeredolu’s widow slams her husband’s niece for supporting Aiyedatiwa

Akeredolu’s widow slams her husband’s niece for supporting Aiyedatiwa

I will ensure 24-hour power supply during Ramadan - Governor Idris

I will ensure 24-hour power supply during Ramadan - Governor Idris

Borno Govt lists snake bites among causes of death for Boko Haram leaders

Borno Govt lists snake bites among causes of death for Boko Haram leaders

Pulse Sports

Above Rohr and below Keshi: Where does Jose Peseiro rank among Nigeria’s Super Eagles' greatest-ever managers?

Above Rohr and below Keshi: Where does Jose Peseiro rank among Nigeria’s Super Eagles' greatest-ever managers?

Look away Man United fans, funny stat shows onesidedness of Manchester Derby

Look away Man United fans, funny stat shows onesidedness of Manchester Derby

Popular TV host Kate Abdo makes it official with boyfriend, cuddles up with him on Instagram post

Popular TV host Kate Abdo makes it official with boyfriend, cuddles up with him on Instagram post

Sha'Carri Richardson's Nike falls to New Balance in revenue growth for 2023

Sha'Carri Richardson's Nike falls to New Balance in revenue growth for 2023

Ex-Arsenal midfielder rushed to hospital following brain-related injury

Ex-Arsenal midfielder rushed to hospital following brain-related injury

I don't want him punished — Greenwood opens up on feelings after Bellingham's alleged name-calling

I don't want him punished — Greenwood opens up on feelings after Bellingham's alleged name-calling

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT