Ismail Umar, Sokoto
The Sokoto State Ministry of Animal Health and Fisheries Development has called on Federal Government to assist states with many financial succor to curtail different animal diseases and improve livestock production across the country.
Commissioner of the Ministry, Professor Abdulkadir Junaidu, made the call the interection with Journalists in Sokoto.
He explained that considering the raising number of animal disesases and about 75% of human disesases came from animals.
He however urged government and institutions at all levels to embrace the concept of one health approach to help eliminate zoonotic diseases like Turbaculosis among communities.
Professor Junaidu said according to World Health Organization, WHO report (2020) Turbaculosis was found all over the countries of the world and an estimated 10 million people fell ill with the disease worldwide.
” 5.6 million people among those that fell ill were men, 3.2 millon were women and 1.2 million children. Sadly, 1.4 million people died from TB including 208,000 people with HIV, thus making the disease one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent above HIV/AIDs,” the Commissioner said.
He however explained that Bovine Tuberculosis contribute to about 10% of the general disease burden and controlling it will go a long way in tackcling the menace of the disease.
According to him, the Sokoto State Government under his Ministry had renew more commitments as over 100 veterinarians were placed at forefront on farms, at abattoir and clinics to assist in the fight against infectious diseases that are economically relevant as well as public health importance, “ this has earned us recognition nationally for promptness in disease reporting and clinical Veterinary services“.
He appeal to the company to establish a transboundary animal disease laboratory at Illela border to assist in curbing Transborder diseases that are likely coming in to the country through Niger Republic.
The Commissioner added that Sokoto State would remain focused in responding to all challenges that affect livestock productivity and health in line with the best practices for meaningful development in the State.
He also urged benefitting Fulani communities to take advantage of the program and vaccinate their cattles and ensure healthy animals across the state.
Earlier in his remarks, the representative of Zoetis Alpha, Nigeria, Dr Adah Ogwuche, said Bovine Tuberculosis Awareness campaign become necessary in order to improve livestock production in Sub-Saharan African countries and the world at large.
Dr Ogwuche said Zoetis Alpha is the number one Animal Health Company in the world with a presence in over 100 countries and have 27 different manufacturing sites, with over 300 products.
He added that the company has over 6.3 billion dollars as annual revenue and operating in 4 Sub-Saharan African countries of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Nigeria.
Dr Ogwuche also mentioned that Zoetis Alpha is supporting Diagonistics in Nigeria and has five diagnostic laboratories with one in Ibadan Oyo State, one in Abuja, and another one in Kaduna and two located in Jos Plateau State Capital.
In a paper presentated by Dr Ogwuche, he recommended that livestock Farmers should test animals for TB and other diseases before buying from owners to certify TB free animals for sustainable animals health.
He explained that government should ensure that farmers and veterinarians have access to quality products as one of the way to curb the menace of Bovine Tuberculosis.
Also Deputy Head of Diseases Surveillance and Control, Ministry of Animal Health, Dr Attahiru Ahmad Rufa’i, presentated a paper on the impact of Bovine Tuberculosis on human health.
He explained that over 460,000 of the disease is recorded annually in Nigeria, and 39 die from 100,000 every year.
Also in his remarks, the Chairman Sokoto North local government, Mustapha Shehu, who was represented by his Vice, Alhaji Nasiru Bello, commended the organizers for choosing their Council for the sensitization.
He assured Sokoto North more commitments to support the Ministry’s programme and policies for sustainable animals health in the area.
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