Efforts to ensure that the North West Region remains free of Avian Influenza or Bird Flu received a boost on June 15, 2016 with the destruction of 17,640 suspect eggs. The eggs were intercepted at Akum, the gateway into metropolitan Bamenda in the night of June 14, 2016 by a joint team of gendarmes and police officers. They were later destroyed in the neigbourhood of Ntarinkon, Bamenda, following the June 3, 2016 order by the Governor, prohibiting the bringing in of poultry and poultry products into the North West Region.
The 17,640 eggs, worth 1,164,000 FCFA, were packaged in 49 cartons. The taskforce on enforcing the Governor’s order supervised the destruction, with the Governor’s representative, Vivian Nama Tabod, leading. The North West Regional Delegate for Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Dr. Atanga Heinendes, stressed the commitment of technical services to bar the way to Bird Flu. He urged the public to stand by government’s efforts against the virus because it is cheaper to prevent than to confront the virus when it takes root.
Vivian Nama Tabod explained that the Governor’s order prohibiting the bringing in of poultry products into the region was a healthcare measure to ensure that the area remained free of Bird Flu. She warned against any collusion with public transport drivers, reminding members of the public against the legal consequences.