Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Thursday urged people of the state to desist from eating rats as one of the safest ways to avoid Lassa fever currently ravaging some states.
Obiano made the call while flagging-off the Second Phase of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week/National Immunisation Plus Days at the Primary Healthcare Centre in Akpo, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the acute hunger in the land should not make people to eat rats whose contact with human food spread the deadly disease.
“Residents should please maintain high level of hygiene by washing their hands properly, block entry point for rats into their houses and stop burning of bushes that makes stranded rats run into people’s houses,” he said.
The governor also urged nursing mothers and caregivers in the state to avail their children from ages zero to 59 months the opportunity of getting immunised against polio and other child-killer diseases.