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February 13, 2006

US donates $25 million to fight Nigerian H5N1

Well, it's a step in the right direction. While another 60,000 fowls die at Sambawa Farms in central Nigeria, the US is offering some support.

In a quick response to arrest the situation, the United States Government yesterday donated $25 million to support the Federal Government's fight against the dreaded bird flu disease.

In addition, US has offered technical assistance in a bid to contain the disease recently detected in Kaduna, Kano and Plateau States as well as the provision of 2000 protective suits to be used in the affected areas.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Chief of mission of the US Embassy in Abuja, Mr Thomas Furey when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Adamu Bello in Abuja.

Technical assistance, according to him, would be offered through the US Center for Disease Control in Kenya. The team in Kenya, he said was being deployed to Nigeria to work with WHO and also establish a testing laboratory for quick surveillance activities.

In his response, the minister thanked the US Government for its show of concern and willingness to offer assistance while assuring that the Federal Government was doing all in its power to arrest the situation.

ther story on AllAfrica.com reports that Africa has received none of the money promised to it at the Beijing conference.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2006 12:21 PM

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