The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has declared an epidemic of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, sometimes known as “Bird Flu,” in Ghana.
According to a news statement reported on Joy News Journalist Charles Ayitey’s Twitter Page, the ministry has thus prohibited the importation of chicken to Ghana as a step to stem the spread of the fatal illness.
The Ministry of Agriculture has detected an outbreak of Bird Flu in Ghana.
Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions are the hardest hit with the highly pathogenic influenza.
All importation of poultry has been banned, with immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/NdGIF6TIgT
— Charles Ayitey (@CharlesAyitey_) July 17, 2021
So far, the Greater Accra, Central, and Western Regions have been the worst impacted by unusual bird fatalities.
“The ministry announces a ban on the movement of poultry products within and from affected regions and districts to other parts of the country” excerpts of the public announcement stated.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry has called for calm. Authorities say steps are currently underway to deal with the situation and ensure the safety of both the poultry industry as well as the consuming public.