Enugu Residents Bush Meat Consumption Increases , Despite Experts Warning
Bush Meat Consumption
The residents of Enugu State have increased consumption of bush meat despite warnings by health experts against the recent scourge of Lassa-fever.
It should be noted that of recent health experts had warned of consumption of bush meat to checkmate the dreaded Lassa-fever.
A bush meat seller at Ugwuogo-Nike, Mrs Judith Anike told NAN that the rate at which customers patronise the meat was alarming and very glaring.
According to her, “Despite the imminent threat by the scourge of Lassa Fever, my business is thriving. “I do finish the sale of three grass-cutters, five guinea fowl and pieces of antelope between 12 noon and 6 pm on weekdays but on Fridays and Saturdays the quantity increases, especially if there is a traditional celebration or burial in the area.
My customers do feel bad whenever I run out of stock to serve them. I have been in this business in the past 13 years. The cost of the meat increased from between N500 and N700 per piece in 2016 to between N800 and N1, 000 in 2017 and now.
Another bush meet seller, Mr Jerome Ugwu at Four-Corner junction, confirmed Mrs Anike’s view, adding that the business had been booming in the past three months, in spite of the scourge of Lassa-fever. “I go to different local markets to buy bush meat to satisfy my customers. At times, I book the hunters ahead of time to ensure l have the one to sell.
It is a good business and l make between N50, 000 and N70, 000 profit weekly, after all expenses are deducted,’’ he said. Mr Charles Ani, a consumer of bush meat at one of the joints, said that he enjoyed the meat because they were well prepared with local spices especially roast ones. “When you eat bush meat, they are special and less fatty. It is well enjoyed with any cool beer or palm wine. Chicken and beef meat are regulars we have in our homes but this type of meat are rare to come by.