Lassa: Lagos government concerned about attitudes

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

In the wake of the emergence of Lassa fever, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Oluranti Adebule has called for attitudinal change on the part of the people to the environment.

Dr Adebule made the call while monitoring the statewide monthly environmental sanitation exercise on Saturday.

The Deputy Governor who was visibly disturbed by the indifference exhibited by some residents, especially in some areas under Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area, enjoined the people to be wary of the dangers of unhygienic environment.

According to her, “quite frankly, I am not very pleased with what I saw. A situation where street sweepers would be the ones sweeping the front of people’s houses. It is unheard of that some of our people just sit back watching us going round, some of them were even
sleeping. They need to realize that a clean environment is a healthy environment suitable for habitation, so they need to change their attitude and own their environment.”

The people in the course of interacting with the Deputy Governor noted that they had kick-started efforts to eradicate rats from their surroundings in the wake of the Lassa fever outbreak.

According to the people, no fewer than 500 rats had been killed in the area.

Recently, it was reported that health officials in Lagos State had killed over 7,000 rats across markets in the state to forestall the transmission of the lassa fever virus.

Four casualties had been reported in Lagos State alone in the last few days while over five hundred contacts had been put under surveillance.

Dr Adebule however stressed that government would stop at nothing to ensure continued sensitization of the people. She also hinted that health and environment officials would soon be deployed to the areas to educate and engage them on seeing the importance of aclean environment.

“Our health officials will go back there and not only that; the Ministry of Environment will also have to go back there and sensitize the people but again, it’s about attitudinal change,” she affirmed.