Opinion

Don’t Spread Lassa Fever, Residents Tell ASWAMA

By Alexander Adejoh

A resident of Obunagu Community, Mr Chukwudi Emeka, has called on the Anambra State Waste Management Agency, ASWAMA, to step up their performance in order to salvage the environmental situation in the capital city.

Emeka, who spoke to Fides in Awka, urged ASWAMA to particularly beam its searchlight on the popular Dike Street leading to Obunagu in Awka South LGA, to tackle accumulated waste in the area.

Mr Emeka said the abandoned waste could be very disastrous to the health of commuters, given its nearness to a community school there.

‘The State Government last week warned about Lassa Fever which is predominately caused by rats and now ASWAMA has deliberately decided to pollute our community with this waste.

This can cause Lassa Fever too as rats can enter people’s homes from there,’ Emeka said.
He recalled that the previous week the state observed a compulsory sanitation exercise which he described as the best avenue for ASWAMA to clear off the garbage.

But an indigene of Obunagu Community who pleaded anonymity, said that ASWAMA had been committed to environmental sanitation and expressed the hope that in no distant time the debris would be cleared.

When Fides contacted ASWAMA on the development, it said it had earlier deployed its men to clear the area, even as he assured indigenes of the affected community that the waste would be cleared before the end of the week.

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