Representative of Food
Agriculture Organisation,
FAO, in Nigeria Dr. Louise
Setshwaelo has lamented
the continued devastation of
poultry industry in Nigeria by
Avian Influenza saying unless
robust measures of surveillance
and control are put in place, it
will continue to pose a threat to
food security in the country.
She made the disclosure at
a two day training workshop
for disease surveillance agents,
implementation of SOPs, proper
use of PPEs, Sample collection,
preservation and shipment
to the laboratory organised
by Federal Department of
Veterinary Services FDVS,
Federal Ministry of Agriculture
and rural Development in
collaboration with Food and
Agriculture Organisation of the
United Nations in Jos yesterday.
According to her, Avian
Influenza has come back to
Nigeria after 10 years of absence
stressing that if not effectively
stamped out, as recommended
in the country’s preparedness
and response plan it may
became endemic, she said.
In her words, “Then we will
have even a bigger problem
to deal with, the resurgence of
avian influenza in the country
has serious implication, given
the importance of poultry
industry to livelihoods and
food security as well as health
She further stressed, that “
The Nigeria plan to control this
disease is known and available,
continued preparedness of the
country to respond, in event of
any infections in Nigeria is very
critical, of key in this equation,
is the capacity of the animal
health services, at national and
sub-national levels, to be able
to act swiftly to contain the
disease,” she warned.
She pointed out that FAO will
continue to partner and support
government not only to control
and eradicate avian influenza,
but rather trans-boundary
animal disease adding that
the significance of the training
workshop cannot be overemphasised.
In the same vein, Doris Bistrus
Director of disease surveillance
Plateau State appealed to
federal government to pay
compensation to Poultry
farmers who lost their birds as
a result of the outbreak of the
disease in the State.
She also stressed on the need
for compensation to enable
farmer also report the outbreak
of disease noting that out of
153 farmers, whose farm were
destroyed only two farmers got
compensation in the State.