“No Strange Disease In Lofa”…Agriculture Minister Clarifies
By Antoinette Sendolo
The Ministry of Agriculture has clarified that there is no strange disease among cattle in Lofa County as reported in the media recently.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing, Assistant Minister, Madam Seklan Elizabeth Wiles, clarified that the disease that is in Lofa affects only Goats and sheep (livestock) and not cattle noting that cattle is different from livestock and as such people should stop feeding the public with wrong information.
According to her, the disease is the PPR disease and it is not strange to Liberia noting that the country experienced the outbreak of the disease sometime before the civil war and the Ministry is in total control of the situation.
“This disease is not new to Liberia; we had it in the country before the war so we (Ministry of Agriculture) are on top of the situation and all is being done to have the situation under control, so there is no need for people to worry about what’s happening in that part of the country,” Madam Wiles intimated.
She said though the disease is highly infectious among goats and sheep, it has no threat to human beings so citizens should continue their normal activities but advised that no one should eat animals that die from unknown sicknesses.
“ Even though the disease does not affect human beings, and we don’t know whether people can be affected from eating animals that die from the disease, we advise that you stay away from eating animals that die from unknown sicknesses especially goats and sheep in order to be safe,” she said.
According to the Assistant Minister, the Ministry of Agriculture will embark on a campaign early August to educate citizens on the disease and also vaccinate animals that have been tested negative of the disease in Lofa and other counties across the country.
Madam Wiles explained that the disease entered the county when some animals that were positive of the disease were brought in the country by traders who concealed their livestock from inspectors at the borders.
She further narrated that the disease started to spread when those affected animals were mixed with other animals in the county and it spread further in other towns and villages when people began taking their livestock from one place to another.
The Ministry of Agriculture is assuring the public that the Ministry is in a fervent position to handle the situation.