Saturday, 5 November 2016

Bush meat business booms two years after the dreaded Ebola virus

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Two years ago Nigerian's were battling the fear of the dreaded Ebola virus that came through a Cameroonian who eventually died.

Fortunately, Nigeria has been declared Ebola free for over two years. During the dark period, bush meat sellers suffered a heavy loss as patronage declined. Recently some bush meat sellers in some major markets have said the business is booming again.

Some of the bush meat sellers in Lagos on Saturday said that they were fully back to their business.

According to them, their customers, who deserted them because of fear of contracting Ebola, are back and they are experiencing more patronage.

A bush meat vendor at Ajegunle-Ikorodu Road, a popular road side market along Ikorodu axis known for bush meat business, Mr. Aminu Badaru, said he had been experiencing high patronage.
Badaru said he is now making more money compared to when there was EVD outbreak.

Punch gathered that The World Health Organisation warned people to avoid eating bush meats as most of them are the major carrier of the Ebola Virus disease.
But, given Ebola’s animal origin, it is perhaps not surprising that bush meat has been cited as a core danger associated with the outbreak.

Bush meats from bats to antelopes, squirrels, porcupines, monkeys, grass-cutters, among others.
A public health expert, Dr. Azeez Bada, advised people to observe basic hygiene principles such as proper hand washing with soap and water and use of hand sanitisers.

He, however, advocated prompt medical attention for the sick.


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