Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the state government has put measures in place to check the spread of Lassa fever in the state.
This was made known when the Executive Director, Media and Public Affairs, Governor’s Office, Mr. John Mayaki took a team of media professionals to monitor the first environmental exercise for the year in Benin metropolis.
The team commenced the monitoring of the exercise as early as seven am from the ring road and visited Oba Market, New Benin Market, Iyaro, Ugbowo, Sakponba Road, Dumex Market and Rounded up at Ramat Park.
Speaking on steps taken by the state government Mr. Mayaki noted that part of the measures taken to prevent outbreak was the disease was the ongoing fumigation of markets around the state.
He decried the rate at which some residents deliberately left their environment unkempt.
‘’When we talk of cleanliness being next to godliness, our people have not kept to faith. You don’t need Oshiomhole to come around your house or environment to remove dirt. We expect that a day dedicated for cleanliness everybody should participate. It has regrettable that participation is low and you can see that government is doing his part by evacuating the dirt. But people are sitting at home while some are out there playing football on the streets’’.
Mr. Mayaki called on all stakeholders, community and religious leaders, to sensitize the people on the importance of playing their role in keeping the environment clean stating that the wellbeing of resident of the state was a priority for his administration.
‘’The people should wake up, Lassa fever is everywhere, we have different types of disease everywhere. You can imagine someone smoking fish for commercial purpose near a dump-site’’.
Though there was a good level of compliance in terms of movement, it was observed that some residents did not participate in the exercise as their environment was littered with dirt.
At the Oba Market, Urhokpota Hall, New Benin there was low level of compliance as it was observed that some residents carried on with their normal activities. The situation at the New Benin market was shocking as motorists converged on Oando filling station. When the team made to interview them, the visibly angry motorists made to attack the newsmen.
Media monitoring team not satisfied with compliance
Meanwhile members of the Media monitoring team Mr. Inwalomhe Donald, Senior Special Assistant, Public Affairs, Governor’s Office, Mr. Ernest Omorelogie and Musa Ebhohiana both senior special assistant on media to the governor while speaking to on the exercise, said they were not satisfied with the level of compliance.
They noted that effort by the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to secure a healthy living for the people would not yield result if beneficiaries do not key into government programmes.
‘’The market place are not clean. Here in Dumex Market you can see that traders smoking fish on top of refuse. For the past two weeks we have been hearing of Lassa fever and Zika virus. We need to do more to avoid these diseases coming to our state. Thus, the people must play their part’’ noted Donald.
‘’My anger is with some government agencies, we have been to Urhokpota Hall seat of Oredo Local Government. We saw the mess there inside the local government itself we have dump of refuse, while those responsible for the cleaning were sitting down doing nothing’’ said Mr. Omorelogie.
‘’The environmental department has gone a step further by fumigating major markets places. This shows that government is concerned about the wellbeing of the people. People should also do their own part by making sure that the issue of Lassa Fever is curtailed in the state by actions that will further encourage the government’’ Ebhohiana noted.
In an interview with newsmen the manager, Edo State Waste Management Board, Miss Gillian Ochugbue said the level of compliance to restriction of movement and made it easy for the board to carry out its duties.
Meanwhile a total number of 125 offenders were arrested for different environmental offences within the city metropolis and were charged before mobile courts in Uselu and Ukpoba Hills respectively.