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Lagos Health Officers Kill 7243 Rats To Curtail Lassa Fever Virus Disease Outbreak

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January 25, 2016 – Lagos Health Officers Kill 7243 Rats To Curtail Lassa Fever Virus Disease Outbreak

The Lagos State Chapter of the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria on Monday said it has killed at least 7,243 rats at eight major markets in the state under its de-rat market programme.

This came just as the state government urged health officers to intensify safety awareness campaign across the state.

Speaking at a Workshop for health officers organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, President of the Association, Mr. Samuel Akingbehin, said the killing of 7,243 rats was carried out at Onigbongbo, Oshodi, Oke-Odo, Ikotun Idanwo, Ojuwoye, Mile 12 and Alaba Rago Markets in the state.

Akingbehin said de-rating the markets was part of the association’s efforts to curb the spread of Lassa fever in the state.

“The exercise is strategic to our efforts aimed at preventing communicable diseases. We have begun the programme since the outbreak of Lassa fever,” he said.

While urging member of the public and relevant agencies to de-rat markets, he said the nation can effectively curtail the spread of the disease.


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  1. Bench

    January 25, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    7243 rat? Haba. It plenty o. It too much. It be like say when pipul was leave their village and go to Lagos to huzzul, rat follow leave their own village and go to Lagos also. Everybody wan survive. Even rat no wan die for village. So they enter city to huzzul there. Now they have die there. Wetin I know be say rat weyris dies for city better pass rat weyris dies for village bush.

  2. Amazon

    January 25, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Lolzz, Bench u are really funny

  3. Olanrewaju

    January 25, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Let’s assume rats are the cause of the virus or the carrier

  4. omzy

    January 26, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    haba…7243…wu count am

  5. I

    January 26, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Hmm, so they carried out census on rats abi? That’s how they were able to tell the number of rats that were killed. God help Nigerians

  6. sola olaniyi

    January 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM


  7. jones adedotun

    January 28, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    isn’t this scary? Hilarious and amazing. Let’s assume there was no detection of this out break. These health officers would not ave bothered de-rating those markets. Lagos is congested and naturally filthy. If Lagos state as a whole is lifted up, it’ll shock you that the foundation of the state has been taken over by skillful, agile and heavy weighted Ratus Ratus. Their appearance alone could give you heart attack. This is a war the government can never win. Lassa fever has been with us for decades due to our unhygenic way of life. May God help us

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