The Lagos State Authorities (LASG) has suggested poultry farmers to place in place biosecurity measures on their farms to stop any outbreak of avian influenza (Bird flu) within the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, gave the recommendation on Saturday whereas talking with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The Commissioner was reacting to the outbreak of hen flu in some elements of the nation and the extent of preparedness within the state.
She mentioned that the state authorities was conscious of the event and is on the alert to stop any outbreak.
Olusanya mentioned that poultry house owners have been educated on security precautions to look at earlier than coming into their farms, urging them to stick to them.
In line with the commissioner, poultry house owners should placed on full-body protecting gear in addition to sanitise their toes earlier than coming into into their poultry such that the virus is not going to be simply transmitted.
“Biosecurity refers back to the procedures used to stop the introduction and unfold of disease-causing organisms in poultry flocks.
“We’ve to commend the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement as a result of the division overseeing livestock truly gave fast and immediate suggestions concerning the outbreak of a few of these ailments.
“They gave feedbacks in the course of the swine fever that occurred with the pigs final yr and now, the avian flu.
“If you wish to enter a poultry pen, you don’t simply enter, you must sanitise your toes, you must placed on the full-body gear and observe all different measures.
“Owners of poultry pens are already being suggested to have biosecurity measures in place,” she mentioned.
The commissioner additionally mentioned that veterinary medical doctors had been directed to maneuver across the poultry pens to make sure that there isn’t a outbreak of hen flu and in case of any, they’ll act rapidly to curtail the unfold.
“Our veterinary medical doctors are additionally transferring round to verify and to make sure that there isn’t a outbreak but in order that if there may be an outbreak, they’ll rapidly curtail it earlier than it spreads to different poultry.
NAN experiences that Dr. Olaniran Alabi, the Director of Veterinary and Pest Management Providers on the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement, Abuja, had on Feb.11 introduced the resurgence of the virus after two years.
The assertion from the ministry mentioned that the outbreak had been reported in two states; Kano State and Plateau.
In line with the assertion, the outbreak occurred in two yard poultry farms of a number of species: ostriches, geese, turkeys, layers, and peacocks in Kano state.
It additionally mentioned that inside one week, some outbreaks have been confirmed in two business farms within the state and one other in Jos, Plateau.
“This means that the illness is quickly spreading to different states and that there was the necessity to put in place proactive measures to curtail additional unfold,” the assertion mentioned.
The director within the assertion really useful that every one states of the federation together with the FCT ought to embark on full activation of the extremely pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) emergency preparedness plan (EPP) within the states.
“Enforcement of motion management of poultry and poultry merchandise from affected to non-affected states.
“Sensitisation of poultry farmers and different worth chain operators on primary biosecurity and hygiene measures for prevention and management of the illness.
“Separation of dwell hen markets (LBMs) for poultry from the LBMs for home fowls and different hen species comparable to duck, captive wild water birds.
“Additionally sustained and vigorous disinfection of dwell hen market within the states,” the assertion mentioned.
It urged all of the state and the FCT administrators to be on the alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert the unfold of the lethal illness.