Bird Flu hits Accra, Central and Volta Regions

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture says there’s an outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease, also known as Bird Flu, in parts of the country.

According to the Ministry, its Veterinary Services Directorate detected the Flu in the Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions.

“The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, through its Veterinary Services Directorate, has confirmed the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease, otherwise known as Bird Flu in some parts of the country. These are the Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions,” a statement from the Ministry announced.

“The outbreak of the disease follows the detection of similar cases in neighbouring countries since January 2021. Through effective surveillance and disease control management, the Veterinary
Services Directorate has prevented the extension of the disease into Ghana until now.”

Cases of the Bird Flu disease were recorded in Ghana in 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

“The zoonotic nature of the disease calls for public alert and vigilance to mitigate the possible impact on the poultry industry and public health in general,” the Ministry added in the statement.

The Ministry has thus announced the following measures for immediate compliance:

  1. A total ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products from neighbouring countries where the prevalence of the disease has been confirmed.

  2. 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.

  3. Intensification of public awareness and sensitization by Regional
    Coordinating Councils and District Assemblies, especially in the affected areas.

We are now going to battle two pandemics at the same period. The poultry Industry is already suffering and limping as the farmers are lamenting about how expensive the poultry feed has become.

Ghanaians are not even buying the birds but rather prefer already made chicken from overseas. Some of these chickens from abroad may be infeted with bird flu buy will still find its way into Ghanaian market.

Food and drugs authority and mimistry of agriculture has the responsibility to protect local poultry Industry and check the safety of other frozen foods coming here. It’s good they got to know about where bird flu is.