Dr Adewunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture, has confirmed a bird flu outbreak across the country.
He also announced that the Federal Government had approved N145million as compensation to affected farmers.
The affected states are Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Plateau, Gombe, Imo, Oyo and Jigawa states.
“We want all those who are exposed to report. The Federal Government just like we dealt with Ebola are on top of the situation.”
“We are not in a state of an epidemic and will collaborate with states and our development partners to ensure that there is no room for panic,’’ Adesina said.
According to him, as at Jan. 21, a total of 139, 505 birds had been exposed with 22, 173 mortality recorded and as at Jan. 27, 232,385 were exposed and 51, 444 mortality recorded.