Support Bird flu: Govt releases GHc11 million to fight disease

This was made known by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Dr Hannah Bissiw at a forum to assess measures put in place by government to address the spread of the influenza.

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Government has released GHc11 million to support the fight against the avian influenza also known as bird flu in the country.

This was made known by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Dr Hannah Bissiw at a forum to assess measures put in place by government to address the spread of the influenza.

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Five regions have so far been affected by the bird flu with Greater Accra recording the highest cases.

Speaking at the forum, Dr Bissiw said her Ministry has supplied 22 vehicles and 120 motorbikes to control the disease.

“The government of Ghana through the Ministry of Agriculture has supplied 22 vehicles and 120 motorbikes for the control of the avian influenza. Government has also released GHc11 million to support the fight against the disease. Government of Ghana paid compensation to 25 affected poultry farmers an amount of GHc1,067,365 representing 90% of the total current market value of GHc1, 185,928,” she said.

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Dr. Bissiw added “Since the first outbreak of Bird Flu in May 2015 the government of Ghana and its development partners such as Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations, the World Bank, UNC and UNICEF and we’ve also found out that USAID has also been very supportive.”

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