Worried about the filthy nature of the popular Effurun market, in Uvwie local government area of Delta state and the current Lassa Fever scare, traders at the market filed out in their large numbers on Sunday for a special sanitation exercise.
The clean up was supervised by the Ministry of Environment Sanitation Task Force, led by Comrade Kingsley Iweka.
He said the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Chris Onogba, had directed that all markets in the state be fumigated and thoroughly cleaned up to forestall contamination of food stuffs in the markets by infected rats.
Comrade Iweka said a sensitization campaign on the prevention of Lassa Fever by the state Ministry of Environment was on going across the state and market sanitation was a major focus of the campaign in view of the large quantity of food stuffs in the markets and the high volume of human traffic.
The Task Force Chairman urged the Effurun market traders and indeed other traders across the state to keep their environment clean to avoid contact with rats, adding that they should store their wares, particularly food stuffs in rodent proof containers to avoid contamination.
He said the Task Force would not relent in its mandate of ensuring that Delta was clean at all times and solicited the cooperation of all, especially with the Lassa Fever scare.
The Chairman of the Effurun Market Traders’ Association, Mr Michael Agaren, commended the state government for the Lassa Fever Prevention Campaign and pledged the support of the traders for the exercise.
He promised that the market would remain clean even after the Lassa Fever scare.