By G9ija

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tuesday, warned Nigerians to desist from consuming bush meat including rodents and others, following official confirmation of Monkey pox in Nigeria by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on May 29,2022.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, gave the warning in a statement signed by himself and made available to Vanguard.

Abubakar referring to the resurgence of Monkey pox virus in Nigeria, which already on the 29th of May, 2022, 21 persons have been confirmed to have gotten the virus by NCDC, which the virus has killed one person, said the Ministry wants to ensure the situation is contained and brought under control.

He said the Ministry is giving the advice on measures to prevent and contain spread of the virus as citizens also have their part to play by adhering to hygiene practices.

He said: “The Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD) through the Department of Veterinary & Pest Control Services is actively collaborating with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other stakeholders in the One Health Team to ensure the situation is contained and brought under control.