COVID-19: LAGOS ADOPTS BIOSECURITY MEASURES AT ABATTOIR, SLAUGHTER HOUSES…
Written by admin on March 23, 2020
WRITTEN BY OMOLARA OMOSANYA
The Lagos State Government has adopted a number of biosecurity measures at every facility within the Oko-Oba abattoir and lairage complex and other slaughter houses in the State to mitigate against the spread of the novel COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through these facilities.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal explained that Government had stopped all non essential activities such as food vendors and other non related abattoir activities.
Prince Lawal emphasized that the ban on large religious gathering or any form of gathering that involve more than 50 people would be strictly enforced at the abattoir and slaughter houses in the State even as hand sanitizer and distance thermometers have been provided at the entrance of these facilities.
The Commissioner pointed out that it was now important for all unit heads of abattoirs in the State to sensitize all the butchers in their abattoirs on the dangers and preventable measures of the Novel COVID-19 as well as the need to sensitize the entire abattoir stakeholders on the need for sick members to stay away from the abattoir and seek medical assistance.
“Posters and handbills on COVID-19 shall be made available at all our abattoir and meat markets emphasizing the symptoms of the disease, the preventive measures to be taken and the phone numbers to contact in cases of suspected outbreak. It is also important that we increase the level of sanitation of the entire environment at our abattoir and slaughter houses in the State,” he stated.
He directed that all butchers should be fully kitted and maintain a high level of personal hygiene by regular washing of hands and tools while a maximum of four persons per cow should be adhered to on the slab.
Prince Lawal reiterated the warning that the State Government would not condone any illegal conveyance of meat and meat products from any of the abattoir and slaughter houses to the markets as the use of Eko refrigerated meat van is the only recognized means of transportating meat and meat products.
He advised butchers to discourage their customers from touching meat or meat products but rather customers are to point at whatever they want and butchers with gloved hands should sell the meat.
“The Era of several customers touching meat or meat products on display is over as the Lagos meat reforms is poised to ensure only wholesome meat is sold to the populace and also promote food safety,” the Commissioner said.