Boniface Okolo, Director of Public Health, Enugu State, has cautioned Nigerians against the consumption of soaked garri to avoid contacting Lassa fever.
Okolo, who gave the warning in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, in Enugu, said rats that cause the disease are mostly in contact with Nigerian most popular staple food, ‘garri,’ a cassava product.
He added that it was necessary to discourage the consumption of soaked garri, since it does not require been boiled.
Okolo noted that boiled water could have gone a long way to kill the bacteria caused by pest or rodents in garri.
“We are also sensitising the public to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed them raw and cook to the appropriate temperature.
“The best practices for food storage should be encouraged to prevent epidemic. ”We should always make sure that we use air-tight clean plastic containers to preserve our foodstuff to avoid Lassa fever and other diseases,” he said.