The National Association of Seadogs, NAS, also known as the Pyrates Confraternity, Egbeda, Lagos State chapter, carried out a Lassa fever Awareness Campaign within the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state at the weekend to sensitise the public on the dangerous nature of the disease.
In an interview with newsmen during the campaign, the Cap’n of the Egbeda chapter also known as Hawkins Deck, Mr. Rudolf Obi, informed said that the campaign was part of the Advocacy Projects of the international leader of the organization, Arthur Boje Esq., through their NAS Medical Mission, toward affecting the lives of members of their immediate society.
He added, “the need for a public enlightenment campaign to contain the spread of the Lassa Fever disease through the education of the public on preemptory actions to take in avoiding contracting the disease, became necessary considering the rising casualty figures we have witnessed in the past 31 weeks of this year alone.”
The organization distributed leaflets to members of the public and staged Health talks with market men and women on the importance of self hygiene and making sure their house are rodents free as these are the carriers of the dreaded virus.
Also commenting on the campaign, the Regional head of the entire state, Mr. Maxwell Ekot, informed said that the awareness campaign was going on simultaneously in different parts of the state including Ikorodu, Lekki, Victoria Island, Yaba, Festac, Maryland, Ikeja and Alimosho.
He advised Lagosians and Nigerians, in general, to be mindful of how they handle canned sodas that have been packed for some time in rat infested ware houses insisting that before opening such drinks, “efforts must be made to thoroughly clean the top of the can that has faecal and urine residues of rodents.”
Shasha Division of the Nigerian Police force, provided security for the campaign.