Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the Ministries of Health, Information and Strategy to embark on aggressive public enlightenment campaign on the prevention of Lassa fever in the State.
The Chairman, House committee on Health Services, Hon. Suuru Avoseh raised the issue under matter of urgent public importance at its plenary sitting.
He said, "Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic fever, caused by the Lassa virus has killed many people in the country.
The virus is probably transmitted by contact with the faeces or urine of rodents (rats) accessing grain stores in residence."
Avoseh added that both ministries were responsible for enlightening the people on how to combat such virus in the State.
Members, who contributed, implored the general public to make their surroundings clean at all times in order to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
It would be recalled that the primary animal (rats) host of the Lassa virus is the natal multimam mate mouse, an animal indigenous to most of sub-Sahara Africa.
The legislators also called on Local Governments to start aggressive public enlightenment at the grassroots level to clear any bush in their surroundings. Hon Ogundimu implored food vendors to step up their hygiene to combat the menace that has claimed the lives of many people.
The sanitary inspectors at the Local Government were also implored to live up to their duties in order to prevent the deadly fever.
They all agreed that constant fumigation of the environment was very important even as they added that the time was now to wage war against rats in homes generally.
Meanwhile medical personnel in government hospitals have been enjoined to be ready with drugs and vaccines that could end the outbreak.