Health Minister says poultry products safe for consumption if cooked thoroughly
The Supervising Minister of Health,Khaliru
Alhassan, on Monday advised Nigerians not to panic over the outbreak
of Avian Influenza, saying the situation was under control.
a news conference in Abuja that poultry meat and other poultry products were
safe for consumption if thoroughly cooked.
enjoined the public to maintain good hygiene and ensure regular hand wash to
prevent infectious diseases.
should avoid eating sick or dead birds as well as avoid unnecessary exposure to
should also report severe symptoms of respiratory illness to the nearest health
facility, especially where there is a history of contact with sick poultry,” he
pandemic response plan had been concluded and activated over the influenza,
adding that copies of the plan would be made available to all strategic
He also said
that special public enlightenment messages had been prepared and would soon be
released to the public.
He said that
during the outbreak, the Federal Government established a multi-sectoral
response plan involving key government agencies and development partners.
government confirmed the outbreak of Avian influenza in two commercial poultry
farms and a live bird market in Kano and Lagos states, respectively.
further outbreaks have been confirmed in 16 other states by the Federal
Ministry of Agriculture as at Feb. 2.
recall that prior to this outbreak, the last case of Avian influenza in poultry
was confirmed in August 2008 during the last outbreak which commenced in
January 2006,’’ he said.
all state Ministries of Health had been alerted on the outbreak and advised to
reactivate their Avian Influenza Control mechanisms that were established
during the last outbreak.
closer collaboration between the Federal Ministries of Health, Agriculture and
Rural Development, had been established on the influenza, adding that diseases
surveillance system had been placed on high alert.