Avian Influenza:Nigeria’s Agriculture Ministry introduces preventive measures
Following the re-emergence of the Avian Influenza popularly known as Bird Flu in some parts of Lagos and Kano last week, the Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had taken some initial steps to curb the spread by quarantining the infected premises as well as placed restriction of movement of poultry and poultry products into and out of areas around infected premises.
For proper implementation of this, all state directors of veterinary services and the Federal Capital Territory, Poultry Association of Nigeria and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert possible spread of the disease to other states.
Addressing journalists on the development at the weekend, the Lagos State commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, confirmed the resurgence of the epidemic in Badore- Ajah axis of the state, as a Zoological Park in Victoria Garden City is on the watch list following high mortality of wild birds.
The commissioner further stated that investigations revealed that the bird flu outbreak in the state might not be unconnected with birds transported from the North during the yuletide season.
However, citizens have been cautioned on the consumption on birds, ensuring that their chickens are well boiled before consumptions.