Bauchi - The Bauchi State Government says
it has banned the movement of poultry and poultry products into the state from
states battling to contain the outbreak of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).
Dr Ibrahim Bello, the Desk Officer, State Avian Influenza
Control Programme, announced the ban in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Bauchi.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had
confirmed the outbreak of Bird Flue in 11 states of the federation.
"The Ministry (for Animal Resources and Nomadic
Resettlement) has banned the movement of poultry especially from these three
states that have recorded outbreaks.
"We are now making efforts to reactivate our control posts
and inspection points across the major highways in and out of the state.
"The ministry is trying now to go round to sensitise the
chicken sellers in their various markets and to go out with pamphlets to
distribute to the general public just to create awareness.''
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Bello said although the state had not recorded any case of
Bird Flu, the ministry had put in place some structures in case of any
He said that the ministry was now trying to resuscitate the
State Technical Committee on Bird Flu and the State Rapid Response Team in
anticipation of possible outbreak.
Bello tsaid that the veterinary officers in all the 20 local
government areas of the state had also been put on alert.
"We had stakeholders meeting with them and we informed them
of the situation in the country as far as Bird Flu is concerned and we tried to
update them on movement and control of poultry and poultry products within
"We also told farmers on the need to improve sanitation and
security on their farms so that they don’t allow infections get into their
"And we are trying to sensitise bird vendors and people
that roast chickens by the road sides, the restaurateurs preparing pepper soap
for the public to make sure that they handle poultry and poultry products with
He urged farmers in the state to keep new birds away from
their farms pending the time the scourge will be curbed and urged consumers to
avoid sick birds.
The desk officer recalled that not less than 75 farmers were
affected while over 350,000 chickens were destroyed between 2006 and 2008
during the last outbreak of disease in the state.