Many Ghanaians love gari. Gari and beans have risen to fame in conjunction with ‘waakye.’ For your stressful afternoons, taking gari soakings would kill your hunger and bring less stress to your pocket because it’s affordable.
But according to a Nigerian medical expert identified as Dr Boniface Okolo, taking soaked gari (or gari soakings as it’s called in Ghana) causes Lassa Fever as the rodents that cause this disease are often in contact with gari. He made this revelation during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Lassa fever is a hemorrhagic virus, which means it can cause bleeding, although 8 out of every 10 people with the virus have no symptoms, it affects the liver, kidneys, or spleen, it can be fatal.
Sharp symptoms include bleeding, vomiting, diarrhoea, shock, swollen face, tremors and many more.
“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 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.
We should therefore be very careful with the gari we take in especially those not kept in appropriate environments.
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