BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI
It is no longer news that there is a fresh outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in the federal capital territory (FCT), including seven other states in the country.
Gideon Mshelbwala, director of veterinary and pest control services, federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, who raised the alarm on Friday at a meeting with state commissioners of agriculture in Abuja, listed the states affected by the outbreak as Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kaduna.
Speaking with the FCT administration (FCTA) on what they are doing to curtail the outbreak, the director of public health, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr. Humphrey Okoronkwo said his office is not aware of anything being done towards that regards.
Okoronkwo further told our reporter on phone to visit him in his office on Monday for more details.
He however, referred our reporter to the FCT epidemiology department for additional information but an epidemiologist in the department, Dr. John Doris told LEADERSHIP Sunday that her office is not aware of any outbreak of bird flu in the FCT.
“We are not aware of any outbreak of bird flu in the FCT. As we speak, I don’t know where they got such a report from,” she said.