The Lagos State Vector Control Programme is to employ more graduates of the state’s College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), Yaba, to eliminate Lassa fever virus by killing rats from 465 markets in the state. Mr Oluwasegun Benson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phosgard Fumigants Nigeria Ltd., and the programme’s coordinator, disclosed this on Thursday in Lagos. The state government has established the programme to eliminate Lassa fever virus transmitted to humans by killing rats especially in markets and public places in what is called ‘deratting’. The coordinator spoke shortly after inspecting markets in Ijeh Barracks and Obalande in Eti-Osa Local Government and seven others in Ijora, Apapa Local Government. Benson has said that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State had given his approval for automatic employment of 233 graduates of the college from 2012/2013 academic session with effect from July 2, 2016. He has said that the team’s planned employment of more graduates of LASCOHET would further enhance curbing the spread of Lassa fever in the state by ridding it of rats.LASCOHET, formerly known as the School of Hygiene, was established by Dr. Oladipo Oluwole, the first Nigerian Medical Officer of Health, in 1920. Benson has explained that under the programme, his members would cover over 465 markets, beginning from next month. “The ‘deratination’ of the markets will be done every month. We will visit all the markets in each local government in the state once a month.

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