The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, yesterday announced that avian influenza, also known as bird flu, has hit the nation’s agriculture sector with thousands of dead birds recorded already.
Adesina, however, clarified that the development has not got to crisis level and that his ministry was doing its best to control it effectively.
While addressing the media on the situation, he indicated that the outbreak has “not hit epidemic level, and there is no cause for alarm because although we know that bird flu can be transmitted to human beings, we have not had such problem.”
On the crisis level, the minister said: “We are not in a state of any epidemic. Seven states so far have reported cases of the bird flu. They include Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Delta, Rivers, Edo and Plateau states. To date, 21 commercial farms, nine live bird markets and private zoos have been affected in the seven states.”
He explained that as at yesterday, a total of 140,390 birds had been infected by bird flu, with 22,573 or 16 per cent mortality recorded.
According to the minister, Kano is the most affected of the states where the index case was found.
“In that state, 103,445 cases have been reported as exposed to the influenza, and 15,963 of them dead. The areas of the state involved are Gwale, Kumbotso, Tofa, Ungogo and Gaya local government areas.”
He stated that in the affected states, there had been quick and various levels of interventions, including depopulation, decontamination and quarantine currently ongoing.
He assured that: “Our ministry is spearheading a rapid response system in close collaboration with the state governments’ ministries of agriculture. At the moment, we have been able to contain the disease in Kano and Lagos states by the joint teams of the federal and states staff in these areas, the reported cases in Rivers and Delta states are being monitored.”
He also told Nigerians not to shy away from eating poultry products, as there are no infections in them.
“Nigeria has the largest domestic poultry production in Africa with South Africa as second largest. So, the reason I made it a duty to address Nigerians on this is because if there is any effect on the sector through boycott informed by fear and the lack of information, that would not be a good development for the economy and agriculture. I want to clarify that the spread of avian influenza is essentially through contact between the birds and people that attend to them. Immediately the meat is cooked, the infection dies. So, let Nigerians feel free to eat chicken and eggs because there is no bird flu that is transmitted through such source, especially when Nigerians are known for cooking their meat very well before serving.”
Source: The Sun
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Nawao. Bird flu is back again? God help us oh. Amen
God help his people oo
This bird flu again. I pray that it be tackled d same way Ebola wad tackled. It is well with us in dis our country.
God please keep protecting your people oooO
God please have mercy!
Wow, no more eating of chickens
I was hoping not to see lagos ooo!!!please do something
Bird flu again? Na waooooo. Our birds are in trouble.
it is well just as ebola became late ebola in Nigeria this too will pass. Nigeria will overcome all, devil watch and see
Ebola is forgotten now bird flew is showing it’s ugly face, God pass dem. People should please keep off chicken and all manner of birds for now until this storm is over.
Ehnnn, did I just see Delta state? Well am . putting on my 3D lens to examine any poultry& eggs I touch now
God help ur people
God pls spear ur children
Gracious God pls save ur people
God pass them wether bird flu or fowl flu my chicken stew tomorrow
not again, ebola no see road enter our home na bird flu them send com this time. all their plans toward nigerian has fialled
He that dwells in d secret place of the most high….. Father protect us all
Our redeemer liveth oo
God will save us.He has been doing it
God abeg na for ur hand we dey ooo. Protect us.
Another problem that will be crushed with time.
God help us
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