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Varsities employ cats to curb Lassa fever

02 February 2016, 06:50

Abuja - Universities across the country are reported to be employing various methods, including cats, to curb the scourge of Lassa fever plaguing the nation.

Before the outbreak, many did not mind cohabiting with rodents, but are now using unorthodox methods to get rid of the unsanitary animals.

According to a Punch report, several universities and hostels have been fortifying themselves with rats so as to get rid of the rodents through a natural approach.

With many students on edge about the disease, scores have now committed to good hygiene, with chancellors and lecturers alike preaching the importance of keeping a clean environment.

Also read: Lassa fever kills four in Taraba

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) has taken proactive measures since the alleged death of a student there, sensitizing all residents of campus about the disease and hinting on plans to eradicate the rodents.

The University of Port Harcourt has also joined the fight, saying that their health workers are currently being trained to deal with the outbreak.

Students at the Cross River University of Technology in Calabar have reduced their consumption of 'garri' due to fear of the virus.

Many students have bought into the idea of soaking garri in hot water, unlike the conventional method used by many garri sellers.

With institutions fumigating and maintaining high levels of hygiene, many students live in the hope of curbing the outbreak and making a lasting impact on the health of the nation.

Read more at Punch

- News24


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