Lagos Embarks On “Deratisation” In 465 Markets in Lassa Fever Eradication Program
In an attempt to eradicate the activities of rats, thereby preventing the spread of Lassa Fever virus, the Lagos State Vector Control Programme has said it would employ more graduates of the state’s College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), Yaba, to engage in deratisation in all 465 markets in the state.
Speaking on Thursday in Lagos, Mr Oluwasegun Benson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phosgard Fumigants Nigeria Ltd., and the programme’s coordinator, said that the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had given his approval for automatic employment of 233 graduates of the college from 2012/2013 academic session with effect from July 2, 2016.
He made this known shortly after inspecting markets in Ijeh Barracks and Obalande in Eti-Osa Local Government and seven others in Ijora, Apapa Local Government.
The coordinator said the team’s planned employment of more graduates of LASCOHET would further enhance curbing the spread of Lassa fever in the state by ridding it of rats.
LASCOHET, formerly known as the School of Hygiene, was established by Dr Oladipo Oluwole, the first Nigerian Medical Officer of Health, in 1920.
Benson explained that under the programme, his members would cover over 465 markets, beginning from next month.
“The ‘deratisation’ of the markets will be done every month. We will visit all the markets in each local government in the state once a month.
The state government established the programme to eliminate Lassa Fever virus transmitted to humans by killing rats especially in markets and public places in what is called ‘deratting’.