In a bid to avert incidences of Lassa Fever and other vector-borne diseases in Lagos State, an NGO, Phosguard Fumigant Ltd, in partnership with the state government, has introduced a bounty: “Kill rats, make money.”
Under the project, rodents multiplying ubiquitously across the state are to be exterminated from residential places and markets using hi-tech chemicals and equipment that will make their decomposing bodies non-infectious.
The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Oluwasegun Benson, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the bounty would help to de-rat the state.
“As part of efforts to de-rat the state and prevent epidemic from Lassa Fever and other diseases, a bounty has been placed on rats in the state. We will buy off at least 20 rats for a yet-to-be determined amount; in Lagos now it is operation kill rats and make money.
“A rat has 28 days gestation period and in the past years, there has not been any solid structure on ground to curb them from infecting humans with diseases. We are already approaching an epidemic level which can lead to a pandemic level with Lassa Fever and we must be proactive and launch a more coordinated approach to control them.
“It is war against rodents and pests in Lagos State.”
Mr. Benson, said the project would be launched in October, adding that the company will also be collaborating with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to either incinerate or bury the rats.
It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government had in the wake of outbreak of Lassa Fever in the country early in the year, made efforts to curb the spread by killing rats.
More than 130 people were then suspected to have died from the disease, according to statistics from the National Centre for Disease Control.