By Fegor Oghene, Asaba
Delta State Government has commenced the fumigation and de-ratting of Ogbeogonogo Modern Market in Asaba, the state capital in its bid to rid the state of the scourge of Lassa fever.
Commissioner for Environment, John Nani, on Saturday stated that the action signals the commencement of the exercise which he said would be carried out across the state.
Nani noted that the ministry started the exercise with sensitization, a process which he said is still on-going, adding that the proactive measures employed by the state government was in line with the state governmentâ€™s policy thrust.
The commissioner, who monitored the exercise, said similar proactive mechanism was employed during the flood disasters experienced across the nation, maintaining that the measures saved the state from catastrophe.
He assured Deltans and the business community operating in the state of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowaâ€™s readiness to create a conducive environment for the enhancement of the growth and development of the state.
He expressed satisfaction with the exercise which began during the late hours ofÂ Wednesday, after the close of the market with the fumigation of Ogbeogonogo Market in order to eliminate the rats there.
The exercise successfully resulted in the death of many rats, rodents and cats in the premises, and to prevent what one of the experts in the fumigation industry handling the exercise, Mr. Benson Oluwasegun, described as prevention of â€˜secondary poisoningâ€™ the fumigation exercise became inevitable.