Lassa Fever: Lagos Govt set for 8 weeks fumigation in schools

The Lagos State Government says it will begin eight weeks fumigation of 27 Model Colleges with hostel facilities, and other places in the state against Lassa fever.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Gbolahan Lawal, said in a statement on Wednesday that the exercise would be from March 13 to May 7, 2020.

Lawal said that the fumigation exercise was aimed at preventing the outbreak and spread of the Lassa Fever in the state.

The commissioner listed the affected schools to include: Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Meiran; Lagos Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Igbookuta, as well as the  Civil Service Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Igbogbo. Others are: Oriwu Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Ikorodu;  Girls’ Junior Model College, Agunfoye, Igbogbo; Government Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Owutu, Ikorodu and  Eva-Adelaja Memorial Senior and Junior Secondary Schools, Bariga.

“The Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Badore; Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Igbonla; Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Agbowa-Ikosi; Government Senior and Junior Colleges, Ketu-Epe.

“Also, the Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Kankon, Badagry;  Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Ojo and Badagry Senior and Junior Grammar Schools, Badagry,” he said.

 “The state government is taking the proactive measures in order to improve the overall general sanitation and hygiene situations of these public places in the state.’’

Lawal urged Lagos residents to ensure that rats were totally exterminated from their homes, and also take effective measures to discourage rats from entering homes. He advised members of the public to always store grains and other foodstuffs in rat-proof containers, while garbage should be disposed far from the homes. “Clean households culture should be maintained.

He how enjoined people to understand and practice basic hand washing hygiene in order to reduce the risk of contacting diseases.

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