Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, has warned residents in the state to desist from drinking ‘raw garri’ as three persons were confirmed dead in the state as a result of Lassa fever.
The governor, who gave the warrning via a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, advised indigenes of the state to stop drinking raw garri (cassava flakes) as well as avoid crowded areas.
He said: �This morning we woke up to hear that Lassa fever has killed three persons and we also have seven cases of Lassa fever patients and this number is too large for a State. And we are concerned about the speed of spread.
�These cases were recorded in some hospitals, somewhere in Orlu and some other parts of the State. For this reason, we kindly advise that people should avoid over crowded areas, lessen the shaking of hands, and body contacts at this period.”
�The State is on it. The Ministry of Health has been adequately informed to take all necessary steps to curtail the spread.
�We will do everything humanly possible to make sure that this spread is curtailed. While government is taking this action, people should keep a clean and healthy environment at this time, avoid so many children staying in one place while government should handle the burial of those that died of Lassa fever. As you know, Lassa fever is deadly but if any discovery is made, lives can be saved.”
�This is not the period for people to drink raw garri because you know garri is not cooked and people just pour water on garri and drink and when rat has urinated on the garri. So people are advised as much as possible to ensure that their food is properly cooked,” the governor said.
He said the cases were recorded in some hospitals, �somewhere in Orlu and some other parts of the State.”
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