Lassa Fever: Physician Urges FG, States to recruit more health inspectors
NEWS DIGEST – The former President of the Association of Public Health Physicians, Prof. Tanimola Akande has urged federal and state governments to increase the number of environmental health inspectors to reduce the spread of Lassa fever.
Akande disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to him, He said the incidence of Lassa fever in most states was worrisome and required concerted efforts.
“Quite a several ailments are due to the poor environment. We need to have functional health inspectors that will go around houses as done in the 60s”.
“Appropriate sanctions should also be given to those who aren’t keeping their environment clean”, the Prof. said.
“The health inspectors should extend their scope of focus beyond abattoirs and marketplaces for a healthier environment”.
“The way people dump refuse arbitrarily would encourage the breeding of rats, He said adding that the inspectors should encourage people to dispose of refuse appropriately”.
He advised citizens to keep a safe environment, store food and dispose of remnants properly to prevent the breeding of rats.