One food that is popular among the Ghanaian and Nigerian community is gari. Whiles the Ghanaians have different styles or ways of eating gari which has also been given the name ‘Agyenkwa’ meaning saviour, Nigerians prefer to use it as ‘eba’.
But according to a Nigerian medical expert identified as Dr. Boniface Okolo has said that soaked gari (or gari soakings as it’s called here in Ghana) causes Lassa Fever as the rodents that cause this disease are often in contact with gari, during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He added that it was necessary to discourage consumption of soaked gari since it did not require boiled water. Dr. Okolo noted that boiled water could go a long way to kill bacteria caused by pests or rodents in gari.
“We in the state health ministry are waging total war against rodents through sensitization, that is what we are doing to ensure we do not have a victim of Lassa fever in the state.
“We are also sensitizing the public to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed them raw and cook to the appropriate temperature.
“The best practices for food storage should be encouraged to prevent an epidemic. ”We should always make sure that we use air-tight clean plastic containers to preserve our foodstuff to avoid Lassa fever and other diseases,” he said.