Soaked garri, the fastest food generally consumed by most Nigerians.
Despite campaigns on various media platforms on the outbreak of the Lassa fever in Nigeria, some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja who spoke with Naij.com claimed being ignorant of the disease.
Blessing Favour said she had heard about Lassa fever but she has little knowledge of the disease.
“Is it like a children sickness or what? I do not like sickness so i try to prevent myself from anything that would get me sick,” she added.
Blessing Favour thinks only children stand the risk of being infected with Lassa fever virus.
A resident, Josephine Oragwa who said she had not taken garri for a while now noted that she heard about the Lassa fever about fiften years ago when a medical practitioner died of the disease in Aba, Abia state.
Joseph Edeh, a cab driver in Abuja still does know the kind of rat that spread the disease
A marketer, Helen Olarinwaju said she takes garri but maintained that she could not get infected with the lassa fever virus because she buys the product “directly from the producers.”
“We dont have rats in the house but I see them within my compound. I love drinking garri. We buy garri directly from the producers and when I take the garri we buy, i am confident that there is nothing like rat eating from it or Lassa fever.”
Sunday Ogbudu wonders what should happen to the garri he bought before the outbreak of the Lassa fever disease?
Asked on some of the measures they are taking to prevent themselves from being infected with the virus, a self employed young lady who gave her name as Jennifer Usman said: “I noticed one rat in my house yesterday and i was terribly scared, I bought a rat poison which i will use to kill the rat. I drink garri very well. I read that I could get infected from taking garri so i will just give it a break for some time.”