Plateau Records One Case of Lassa Fever, Cautions Residents on Hygiene

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Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

Plateau State Government yesterday said it has recorded one case of Lassa fever in Jos North Local Government Area of the state, and therefore, cautioned the residents to take their hygiene seriously.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Lar, made this known yesterday while speaking with journalists in Jos.

Lar advised residents to be conscious of their environments and hygiene as part of efforts to check the spread of the fever in the state.

He warned against the purchase of food items which are often exposed to all forms of contaminations.

According to him, “I want to challenge residents to take the hygiene of their environment seriously to guard against infection from any form of disease.

“We should learn to cover what we eat properly and avoid eating rats and other games.

“People should be mindful of the kind of food they consume in view of the prevalent spread of the disease being recorded across the country.”

Lar said the state government was prepared through the ministry of health to tackle any emergency and ensure that the epidemic does not spread.

He also called on the citizens to continue to wash their hands, maintain social distances and use hand sanitizers in public places.