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BREAKING: FG Bans Sale, Consumption Of Bush Meat, Gives Reason

Information reaching Ibom Focus says that FG Bans Sale, Consumption Of Bush Meat

Federal Government yesterday banned sale and consumption of bush meat.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar urged hunters and dealers of bush meat to stop the business.

It is to prevent spread of monkeypox pathogen (organism causing disease to its host).

Abubakar, in a statement, asked Nigerians to avoid contact with persons suspected to be infected with monkeypox.

The minister urged veterinary epidemiology officers, field surveillance agents and veterinarians to step up surveillance to pick any possible case of Monkeypox in animals.

It reads: “Following the recent confirmation of Monkeypox (MP) resurgence in Nigeria on May 29, 2022, involving 21 persons, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), where it was said to have led to the death of one person with co-morbidity, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD), through the Department of Veterinary & Pest Control Services, is collaborating with NCDC and stakeholders in the One Health Team to ensure the situation is contained and brought under control.”

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On measures to contain the disease, the minister said: “People must avoid contact with persons suspected to be infected with Monkeypox at home and at workplaces.

“Hunters and dealers of ‘bushmeat’ must desist from the practice to prevent any possibility of ‘spillover’ of the pathogen in Nigeria.

“Transport of wild animals and their products within and across borders should be suspended/restricted

“Silos, stores and other agricultural storage facilities must institute active rodent control measures to prevent contacts and possible contamination of Monkeypox virus with foodstuff.

“Operators of zoos, parks, conservation and recreational centres keeping non-human primates in their domains must ensure strict compliance with biosecurity protocols to prevent contacts with humans.

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“Veterinary clinics, veterinary teaching hospitals and veterinary health institutions across the country must ensure vigilance to pick up possible signs and symptoms of Monkeypox in non-human primate (NHP) patients.

“We must also ensure regular handwashing using strong disinfectant anytime we handle NHP and rodents.

“We must also discourage consumption, trade and keeping of NHP as well as rodents as pets in our homes.

“The public is advised to report any pox-like lesions seen on humans or animals to the nearest human or veterinary clinics.”

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