... releases public health advisory guidelines

Following a reported case of Avian Influenza in kebbi State, North Western part of Nigeria, the Kwara State Government has alerted the general public of the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu.

This was contained in a public health advisory issued by the Director of Veterinary Services, Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Abdulateef Salman Olugbon, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Tpl. Ishiaq Yinka Oloruko-oba today.

According to the public health advisory, the public, most especially the poultry farmers and bird owners, are advised to implement strict biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of the virus into the state.

The advisory also urged the general public to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases or symptoms related to Avian Influenza to the relevant authorities for prompt investigation and further necessary action. 

The symptoms, according to the advisory, include sudden death, respiratory distress, and reduction in egg production.

The public health advisory also enjoined every individual involved in poultry business or having close contact with infected birds, to ensure appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as; gloves, face masks and others in order to minimize the risk of transmission to human beings.

The public health advisory further seeks for the cooperation of all residents, stakeholders, and relevant authorities to adhere strictly to the recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus into the state, in view of its significant mortalities among poultry populations; and its zoonotic nature to avoid both economic losses and its threats to public health.

It further informed the general public to contact Dr. Abdulateef Olugbon, Director, Veterinary Services on 08033765024 or Dr. Idiat Aminu on 08160989312, and report any suspected cases with the aforementioned symptoms.

Oladipo Olushola Temple
Asst. Press Secretary
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


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