The Bird flu has spread to 18 states in the country and has affected over 2.5 million chickens. And this has resulted in the loss of several billions of naira. The development was confirmed by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) on Friday, stating that the flu was spreading so fast and that all adequate measures to stop the spread must be enforced. NIAS is the regulatory agency of the Federal Government for the regulation of all matters pertaining to animal husbandry in Nigeria. The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NIAS, Dr. Godwin Oyedeji, said over 2.5 million birds have so far been affected in over 700 farms nationwide.
By the last count, I think as of yesterday (Thursday), not less than 2.5 million chickens have been infected and over 700 farms have been affected nationwide. From one incidence in one state and moving to two states, it has increased and I think by now we are having it in not less than 18 states. In the Kuje area, here in the Federal Capital Territory, over 900,000 birds have been affected. This should not continue, and it is because things that should be done are not being done. If we cannot prevent wild birds that carry the influenza from overflying Nigeria and if the virus has come into Nigeria, then we can prevent, through good animal husbandry practices, the spread from one farm to the other.
Just a week ago 132,500 birds belonging to poultry farmers in Enugu State were reportedly destroyed, which resulted in the loss of about N140 million within the week. This was confirmed by Dr Emmanuel Onyeka, the Director of Veterinary Services in Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture. He called on poultry farms and residents of the state to report any outbreak or suspicious case to the ministry.