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Working on Avian Influenza in Nigeria
International Organization for Migration, UN addressing needs of migrants and mobile population
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2008-10-15 15:21 (KST)   
Since 2007, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with national partners working on avian influenza in Nigeria have been carrying out social mobilization campaigns on bird flu in the Federal Capital Territory.

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The overall objective of the IOM Avian Influenza Project in Nigeria is to work with the national and United Nations stakeholders to contribute toward consolidated action plan for avian and human pandemic preparedness specifically addressing the needs of migrants and mobile population in Nigeria.

According to a spokesman during a workshop the IMO organized on Social Mobilization of Migrant Poultry Workers Traders and Transporters in the ancient city of Kano on Oct. 14, the first workshop was held in Abagana, Anambra state, in the east of Nigeria on Sept. 23. The second took place in Lagos state in southern Nigeria last Tuesday.

"This is the second phase of the project, taking place at the state level. Four target states have been selected. They are Anambra, Borno, Kano and Lagos. The target groups are migrant poultry workers, traders and transporters," the spokesman added.

"This project aims to strengthen the capacity of the target group through the implementation of activities that provide avian influenza and pandemic preparedness information for behavior change."

Kano state Commissioner for Information Haruna Isa Dederi said during his formal speech at the opening of the workshop said, "As you are aware, Nigeria has recorded outbreaks of avian influenza resulting in loss of human lives and millions of poultry. As part of measures to curb future outbreaks and associated devastating consequences, governments at all levels in collaboration with the World Bank established Control Projects with some special officers across Nigeria. Activities undertaken include emergency response, intensification of disease surveillance. Advocacy, sensitization and behavior change campaign."

An avian influenza outbreak stormed Nigeria in 2006, which resulted in tragic loss of life.

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