Anambra State bans drinking of garri
The Anambra State Government has prohibited the drinking of garri in the state, claiming it can lead to Lassa fever.
According to the World Health Organisation, the disease is transmitted to humans via food and objects contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, announced the ban.
He said: “The garri you see spread along the highway while you’re travelling is very risky to consume, especially when you drink it. It is better and surer consuming the ones you prepared yourself. We are by this enlightenment prohibiting the drinking of garri in the state.
“Like any other form of disease, good hygiene practices and taking precautions over all forms of symptoms among family members and friends will go a long way to curb the spread of diseases.
“Hand washing remains an effective way of preventing diseases. Families as well as corporate organisations should re-adopt the use of tip taps and hand sanitisers placed in public places.”
Garri is a popular Nigerian food made from cassava that can be eaten or drunk. If it is cooked thoroughly, the Lassa fever virus will die.
But many Nigerians consume it raw.
Cases of Lassa fever have been recorded across Nigeria.
A doctor died on Sunday in Edo State after contracting the disease from an infected child.