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Ebola: Bush Meat Business Picks up in Kwara




Kosubosu (NAN) – Bush meat sellers in Kosubosu Community in Kwara said on Tuesday that business was gradually picking up two months after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Some of the meat sellers, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kosubosu, said they had started enjoying patronage again, after customers deserted them because of fears of contracting the Ebola virus.

Some West African countries, including Nigeria recorded deaths at the peak of the Ebola disease crisis with the World Health Organisation (WHO) putting the number of deaths in the sub-region so far at about 2,793.

Fatimoh Ibrahim, a bush meat vendor at Kaiama Market in the Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara, said that the outbreak had serious negative impact on bush meat business.

She, however, expressed her delight that business was gradually picking up.

“Before the disease outbreak, we usually sold all the products daily but when Ebola came, we will wait endlessly for days for buyers,’’ she said.

Her colleague, Aishat Lawal, said she was almost frustrated out of the business.

“Business has been quite frustrating in the past two months but thank God we now enjoy four to five patronages daily.

“We almost closed shop as some people kept telling us that we should stop the business except we have intention of killing people.

“We, however, kept faith in the business because we don’t have any other means of survival.”

The traders who commended the Federal Government for containing the disease, however, appealed to government to put measures in place to eradicate the disease completely in the country.

They argued that this would allay fears of the public and improve socio-economic activities in Nigeria

Photo Credit: CBS News

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

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