Bird Flu resurfaces in Kano

The Kano government says Avian influenza, popularly known as Bird flu has resurfaced in the state.

The Director Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Shehu Bawa said that the outbreak was recorded in one of the poultry farms.

Preventing the spread
“The state government has taken proactive measures to contain the spread of the disease to other farms within the state,” Bawa stated.

He said that part of the measures taken to check the spread of the disease include disinfection of the affected farm and routine surveillance of other farms.

Dr Bawa called on farmers “to immediately report to the appropriate authority outbreak of the disease in their respective farms, to enable government take prompt action.’’

On inadequate number of veterinarians, the Director urged the government to employ more for effective supervision of abattoirs in the state.

He said most of the abattoirs lacked veterinarians to inspect animals before being slaughtered.

“With the exception of the two abattoirs at Kofar Mazugal and Bachirawa, others have no meat Inspectors.

“So, there is need to have veterinarians to supervise abattoirs in each of the 44 Local Government Areas of the state,” he said.

NAN/Mercy Chukwudiebere