National Orientation Agency NOA, in Taraba State in collaboration with the Taraba State Broadcasting Service, TSBS, Taraba Television, TTV, T voices and Nigerian Television Authority NTA has flagged off a campaign to stop the spread of Lassa fever in the state.
The public enlightenment programme which commenced today at Sunkani the headquarters of Ardo-Kola Local Government Area was led by the Taraba State Director of the Agency, Robert Gulkawi.
Addressing participants and passersby at Sunkani Main market where the event took place, the State Director of NOA decried the lackadaisical attitudes of some members of the public towards curbing the epidemic.
Gulkawi particularly admonished people against spreading foodstuffs by the roadside and outside their residential premises.
He said such practice is unhealthy, stressing that the food items left to dry under the sun are often contacted by rodents which may urinate or excrete on those items before being consumed by people.
The NOA boss called on members of the public to maintain the healthy environment and store their food items in a hygiene environment.
He, however, lamented the lack of funds which he said has hindered the agency from reaching out to the sixteen local government areas of the state where the epidemic has occurred.
Other stakeholders who spoke at the sensitization campaign include the Senior Environmental Superintendent of Port Health Agency in Taraba State Isa Sani and representative of the chairman, Ardo-Kola local government area Buba Amidu.
Lassa fever disease transmitted by a rat called mystomy has currently ravaged over ten states of the Federation, including Taraba.