AS far as health is concerned, animals, apart from dogs and cats, should not be raised or kept in National Capital District residential areas, a health official said.
NCD Commission health inspector for Moresby North-West George Karalyo and his team began the exercise of removing animals such as pigs, chickens and ducks from residential areas yesterday.
The team, along with the NCD enforcement unit and police officers, acted on notices issued to residents in Moresby North-West last July and early this year to remove animals posing a public health threat.
Some residents at Hohola had removed their pigs and Waigani residents who did not comply with their notices were given only yesterday to remove their pigs.
Some residents raised concern about the smell and unhygienic environment created by pigs.
“The penalty the team will enforce is killing of the animals instantly. This action will be enforced once those areas are re-checked,” Karalyo said.
Karalyo is appealing to the residents to abide by the health laws of the city and remove such animals that would endanger people’s health.
“The team will continue its operations to make sure that residential areas are free from animals, and they are safe and healthy to live in,” he said.