Lagos State Government will on Monday begin a week-long post festive disinfection and decontamination of twenty-six major live bird markets in the State.
State Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal who disclosed this explained that the exercise was a follow up to the pre festive state-wide disinfection and decontamination of seventeen major live bird markets across the State
Lawal noted that the exercise was aimed at preventing the spread of avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases particularly since there was an increased demand for live birds during the festive period as live bird markets were potential sources of the avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases.
He added that the disinfection and decontamination exercise would take place at the live bird markets at Awolowo market, Mushin; Mushin main live bird market and Cairo live bird market, among others.
The commissioner solicited the support and cooperation of members of the Live Bird Marketers Association of Nigeria and all other stakeholders in order to ensure the success of the exercise.