Monkeypox: FG Bans Sale And Consumption Of Bush Meat Across The Country

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A genomic surveillance conducted at the National Reference Laboratory of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja has confirmed the resurgence of the West African clade Monkeypox virus.

According to the Director General of NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, the discovery has necessitated the activation of a national Multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre for Monkeypox (MPX-EOC) at Level 2 to strengthen and coordinate ongoing response activities in-country.

This is one of such interventions by the Federal Government to contain the virus which so far involves 21 persons with a death and co-morbidity.

In a similar vein, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar has advised hunters and dealers of bush meat in the country to stop the business.

Abubakar said the ban on the sale and consumption of bush meat is in a bid to curb the spread of monkepox disease.

The Minister also urged Nigerians to avoid contact with persons suspected to be infected with monkeypox.
The statement read in part:
“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.

“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, the Minister advised.




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