On account of the 2016 break out of Lassa fever, certain preventive measures have been passed across to Nigerians to help control the spread of the virus.
Not less than 63 Nigerian lives have been claimed by the virus since its recent breakout.
The Mastomy rat is said to be the sole carrier of the Lassa virus.
Because ingestion of food contaminated by these rats aids transmission of the Lassa virus disease, the Chairman of Rivers state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Furo Green advised Nigerians against drinking garri.
And as always, Nigerians will find hilarity in every situation. This man shared his safe way to drink garri on his Facebook page.
I have discovered a way to drink Garri this Lassa season. 1. Put the garri in a dry frying pan/pot. 2. Place it on the fire and allow it to fry for 10mins so that the heat will kill the Lassa virus. 3. Pour the garri out on a wide tray & allow it to get cold. Make sure ur eyes are on the garri to avoid the virus coming back cos if it does hmmmm, e go worse pass the 1st tym oh. 4. Put the garri on a plate and add the necessary (sugar, salt, glucose, powder, honey, milk, Milo, groundnut, aki, water etc). This is strictly base on ur choice but if u want to add all, no problem. Then ur delicious and tasty drinking garri is ready for consumption… Thank me later… #LassaFever_Gbakwa_Oku ?