There has been a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), which disclosed that most Abuja resident Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were buying rat poisons and/or other traps due to the outbreak of Lassa fever in 10 states.
Rat poison trader at Garki, Utako and Wuse Markets, are now getting more attention than they bargained for as customer who never paid attention to their product before the outbreak now eager to buy.
A rat poison seller in the Garki market, Malam Usman Abdullahi, told NAN he had recorded enormous sales in the past two weeks since the outbreak was recorded.
Mrs. Patricia Eloma, a housewife, said that people are now paying attention to the elimination of rodents around their houses since they had become a serious threat.
At traffic points, hawkers included those selling rat poison products to customers in the vehicles.
“The demand skyrocketed immediately one person was reported killed by the fever in Abuja.
“Most of the time, customers ask for the strongest poison that will kill rats instantly; the poison that kills and dries up the rats are really in demand.
“People now patronise us; the most expensive rat poison that used to go for N600 is now sold for N700 but people still buy without complaining,” he said.
“Although the Lassa disease is a bad thing, for us it is good business since we are making our profit,” he said.
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