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FCTA Declares Abuja Bird Flu Free

BY Cyril Ogar

It is no longer news that there was 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 last week 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 was not aware of anything being done towards that regards.

 Okoronkwo further told our reporter on phone to visit him in his office  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 News Direct  that her office was 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.

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