Twelve of Ghana’s 16 regions are currently being monitored by the Veterinary Services Department over a possible outbreak of bird flu.
The Service has indicated that its officers in the five regions of the North, the three Bono regions, the Western, Western North, Eastern, and Oti Regions, have been asked to put in measures to prevent an outbreak.
It explained that, as of July 31, 2021, the Greater Accra, Volta, Central, and Ashanti Regions had recorded over 33,000 poultry deaths because of the Avian Influenza disease.
Dr Benjamin Kissi Sasi, the Risk Communicator for the Veterinary Service Directorate, indicated that “the outbreak began from three regions, then to four regions. So now, all the regions are on alert. The Emergency Response Team is dealing with the regions and continuing with the education and awareness creation. We are hoping that the Ministry [of Agriculture] will continue to support in terms of logistics and staff strength. So far, we are on guard, updating farmers and other stakeholders on what is happening.”
The Ashanti Region was the latest area to have recorded an outbreak in the country. Three regions; the Greater Accra, Central, and Volta Regions, recorded cases in various farms two weeks ago.
Following the recent outbreak, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture announced a total ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products from neighbouring countries where the prevalence of the disease has been confirmed.
A ban on the movement of poultry and poultry products within and from the affected regions and districts to other parts of the country, and strict inspection and issuance of permits to cover the movement of all poultry and poultry products from unaffected parts of the country, has also been put in place.