In light of the potential spread of Anthrax diseases, the Ekiti State government issued a warning yesterday, advising residents to refrain from consuming hides (ponmo), smoked meat, and bushmeat. The government emphasized that Anthrax is primarily a disease of animals, which can be transmitted to humans through the inhalation of Anthrax spores or the consumption of contaminated animal products like hides and skins, meat, and milk.
In a joint statement by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, and the Special Adviser for Agriculture and Food Security, Ebenezer Boluwade, the government urged residents to adhere to preventive measures. These measures include vaccination, proper disposal of suspected and infected animals, avoiding risky consumptions, practicing good hygiene, implementing effective disinfection procedures, seeking veterinary assistance, and ensuring proper decontamination.
The statement also served as a warning to farmers, butchers, and stakeholders in the agricultural sector, urging them to strictly follow the recommended preventive measures to prevent the further spread of Anthrax.
The statement read: “Anthrax is primarily a disease of animals, but due to the close proximity between humans and animals, it can easily be transmitted to humans through inhalation of Anthrax spores or consumption of contaminated animal products like hides, skins, meat, and milk. The general public is strongly advised to abstain from consuming hides (ponmo), smoked meat, and bush meat as they pose serious health risks until the situation is brought under control. We must prioritize public health and safety during this time.
“To minimize the risk of contamination, environmental and personal hygiene must be strictly observed in places where by-products like hides (ponmo), bone meal, and blood meal are produced. We specifically encourage people at risk, such as those who handle animals, consume dead animals, healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, and anyone who recently traveled to a location with a confirmed anthrax case, to take their hygiene practices seriously.
“We urge the general public, farmers, butchers, and stakeholders in the agricultural sector to adhere strictly to these preventive measures to safeguard public health and prevent further spread of Anthrax.”