From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Following the outbreak of swine fever in his farmland, a middle aged veterinarian, Dr Nwanze Ikechukwu has threatened to comit suicide.
Survey conducted indicated that his farm has been taken over by the swine fever outbreak and it has destroyed over 100 pigs, among others,a situation that had emotionally destroyed his physical therapy and interest.
But speaking in anger and disillusionment to our Correspondent in Asaba, the veterinarian said that over 645 pigs in his farm were being threatened by the flu, adding that there was no cure for the hemorrhagic viral disease, saying” I have lost over N9million and the farm is worth more than N85million” stressing that over 80 percent of funds to establish and operate the farm was borrowed from banks.
He explained that though other states had experienced the sickness outbreak earlier in the year, it was not envisaged that the disease will get to Delta state, even as he admitted that the farm was registered, adding” once the swine fever outbreak enters a farm, it must clear everything in it before leaving. I am appealing to the state government through the ministry of Agriculture to assist me because all I am considering now is to commit suicide.”
Meanwhile, a swine fever, experts said, it is a contagious viral disease of domestic and wild swine transmitted by contact between healthy pigs and those infected with a high mortal rate as treatment is not attempted. But the United Nations and the World Health Organization for Animal Health ( OIE) had expressed concern over the escalation of the virus which has caused a massive decimination in the population of pigs.