It seems the love some Nigerians has for soak garri can be quantify with the love of a husband and wife.
The Director of Public Hearth, Enugu State. Dr Boniface Okolo, has cautioned Nigerians against the consumption of soaked garri to avoid contacting Lassa fever.
Okolo. who gave the warning in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Enugu, said the rats that caused the disease were mostly in contact with Nigerian most popular staple food 'garri,’ a cassava product.
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. "We in the state health ministry are waging total war against rodents through sensitisation, that is what we are doing to ensure we do not have victim of Lassa fever in the state.
“We are also sensitising the public to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed them raw and cook to the appropriate temperature. "T he best practices for food storage should be encouraged to prevent epidemic. "We should always make sure that we use air-tight clean plastic containers to preserve our foodstuff to avoid Lassa fever and other diseases.“ he said. (NAN) Report
However, it seems the advice did not go well with some Nigerians due to their love for soak gari as the reacted as follows:
The person that invented garri should be given a special place in heaven... That thing has been saving lives since 1896 ..... In fact, it should be added to first aid box....if u know u know
Ijeoma Adaeze Mathew
Garri that have been saving lives more than some Doctors in this world as a whole
Zplendid Sawsilver Niyiola
Now everyone just want to shine, oga scientific carry your result go elsewhere, gari is a living legend, if not because of gari where someone like me for dey eat back in the day of hardship . If I ever forsake gari that means I'm an ungrateful person
How do u want us to cope in skul...Garri has been saving many lives since 1900..kip ur warning to ursef let us enjoy our garri in peace.. Biko
We don't need that kind of medical advice because that is what have been saving our lives since, without garri they is no other enjoyment, u can imagine drinking garri with coold water chai, may God forgive this Mr medical
Gaari has been saving many lives since 1908..infact i just finish drinking that right now so mr medical expert, keep your warning to yourself and let us enjoy our gaan in peace...
Black man no dey catch Disease. Garri na the only Food wey some of us dey hope on.