Medical experts warns Nigerians to stop drinking garri

A Public Health Director has warned Nigerian against the consumption of soaked garri to avoid contacting Lassa fever.

The Enugu State's Director Of Public Health, Dr Boniface Okolo, gave the warning in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, on Saturday in Enugu.

According to him, the rats that caused the disease were mostly in contact with the Nigerian most popular staple food ‘garri,’. 

He added that it was necessary to discourage consumption of soaked garri since it did not require boiled water. 

Okolo noted that boiled water could go a long way to kill bacteria caused by pest or rodents in garri.

It is better that the cassava flakes called garri is used for ‘eba’, because of the use of hot water, he noted.

The word Garri describes any powdery material, especially foodstuff, such as flour grains, e.g., Garin Dawa (guinea corn flour), Garin masara (maize flour), and Garin sukkhari (sugar), and particularly fried tapioca. It can also be used for ground substances, as in Garin Magani (powdery medicine). 

Types of flour foodstuffs mixed with water used to be a major part of the diet in the Hausa lands and almost all parts of Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Liberia.

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