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Published On: Fri, Aug 8th, 2014

Ebola: Group condemns bush meat ban in Edo Govt House

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From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Bush meat sellers association, in Edo state, have condemned the indefinite suspension of bush meat sale in Government House, Benin City, the state capital.

The vice chairman of the group, Mrs. Comfort Omoruyi, who dropped the hint during an interactive session with newsmen on Wednesday in Benin, said over 50 percent patronage it records on a daily basis were from the seat of power in the state.

Omoruyi expressed reservations about what she termed “a propaganda tool’ by some developed nations on the mode of transmitting the virus.

Ebola virus has claimed the lives of over 800 persons in some parts of West African countries, including Nigeria.

“Most of our customers from Government House have stopped coming; and Oga said we should not bring the meat there over Ebola. In fact, most restaurants, fast food centres and major hotels in Edo have stopped using bush meat, over fear of Ebola’’.

“Why is it that the route of virtually all deadly diseases originated from Africa, including HIV/Aids, which they said came from Africa? The same was said about avian bird flu, malaria, new castle diseases.

“Why can’t the white people go on advocacy for our country to domesticate free medical care for our citizens, at is it in developed countries’’?

Omoruyi clarified that the recent Ebola virus-related deaths in some parts of the

country was yet to be scientifically proven to be linked with bush meat in the state.

She urged governments at all levels to suggest possible ways to assist them cope with the burden of Ebola which has set them on edge.

Also reacting, a fatherless bush meat seller Queen Edigin, said described the epidemic as sad and wondered what would become the fate of people who depend on bush meat to survive including herbal practitioners.

She urged some developed nations to take responsibilities for Ebola virus for allegedly injecting the vaccines into some animals, which have now mutate over the years and spread to other countries.

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