Fear grips Bauchi residents over Ebola as they shun meat for fish
Following the red alert over Ebola killer virus across the country, fish sellers are being heavily patronised in Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital, as residents shun meat in the light of the claim that the virus could be contracted through the eating of bush meat.
Reports from Bauchi, yesterday, said fish sellers at Wunti, Muda Lawal and Central markets, as well as those along the Maiduguri Road confirmed high patronage over the last few days. High patronage is also being recorded by business owners who have fish ponds in the state.
Mrs. Bolaji Olorunwaju, a fish seller, said the Ebola alert scared people away from consuming bush meat, adding that they now patronize fish.
“Since last week, I have made great profit from the sale of fish. I now make between five to ten thousand naira a day unlike the former situation when I made five thousand a day.”
Another seller opposite the Bauchi stadium, Sani Maigari, said his fish business had blossomed in the last two weeks because of the fear by residents that the Ebola virus could be contacted through the consumption of meat.
Reacting to the development, the Director of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, PHCDA, Umar Gamawa, said the state government had put in place measures to forestall the outbreak of the virus.