From Tom Garba, Yola
Malam Muhammed Hassan, 62, the Poultry Farm Manager of Adda-Rogo in Toungo Local Government Area of Adamawa where a Bird Flu outbreak was reported has started complaining of strange Illness.
Hassan in an interview with reporters in Toungo, headquarters of Toungo Local Government said he was experiencing a strange illness in his body.
Recall that the Adamawa State government on Tuesday confirmed the outbreak of the disease in Toungo Local Government and over 43,000 birds have been culled by the state ministry of livestock to curtail the spread of the killer disease.
According to Hassan, he and other staff of the farm packed the death birds without proper protection, unknown to them that the bird flu had struck on the farm, until when the veterinary officers visited there and informed them about the danger.
His words: “Presently, I am experiencing and feeling abnormal in my body. I am experiencing difficulties with my respiratory system and for the past one week I have been experiencing cough, headache and weak body, which is strange in my life. I want to be checked up medically by the authority concern.”
Hassan stated that the farm had never experienced such pandemic until three weeks ago when the farm owner brought some peacocks from Yola.
According to the farm manager, one of the peacocks brought from Yola developed signs of sickness and after three days it died. This, he added, was the genesis of the disease outbreak in the farm.
He also confirmed that 24,000 chickens, 250 peacocks, and 456 Guinea Fowls and 54 Turkeys have been culled at the farm.
When contacted over the development the state Commissioner for Livestock, Comrade Isah Salihu, declined to make any comment about the health condition of the farmers.
But a reliable source in the ministry confirmed the development to The Dream Daily on condition of anonymity.