Anthrax: Oyo Govt ,FG Move To Protect Animals..Train 50 Surveillance Agents - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Anthrax: Oyo Govt ,FG Move To Protect Animals..Train 50 Surveillance Agents


Oyo State Government in collaboration with the Federal ministry of Agriculture has  trained no fewer than 50 disease surveillance agents, as part of moves to protect the animals from Anthrax in farms 

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye who declared the 3-Day Training open over the weekend in Ibadan, explained that the training focused on accurate reporting of animal diseases in the state. 

According to him, the training is aimed at improving disease surveillance and swift response.

He said the epidemiology training was organised by the Regional Disease Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project in collaboration with Oyo State Government.

He added that the programme will help the prevention and control of animal diseases in the state and the nation at large. 

The Commissioner reiterated that though Oyo State has not recorded any case of anthrax disease so far, all hands must be on deck to prevent its outbreak.

He added that Oyo State Government had put all machineries in place to prevent its outbreak.

Barr. Olasunkanmi said, "Oyo State Government under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde has put every measures in place in preventing the animal disease -Anthrax".

Some of the efforts put in place, according to him are mass media sensitization, on the spot assessment to abattoirs and livestock markets in the state to educate stakeholders on the outbreak of anthrax in the country.

While expressing gratitude on behalf of Engr. Seyi Makinde to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Commissioner enjoined the participants to be attentive and focus on the assignment before them, bearing in mind that they are ambassadors for the state.

He stressed that knowledge acquired would go a long way in protecting animals and human lives from dangers of the epidemic.

Speaking on the importance of the training, the facilitator from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mrs. Ibukunoluwa Akinola, said the training of para-professional Veterinaries and Animal Health Workers in both Government and Private establishments in the state on how to report animal diseases is timely.

 "We have been reporting diseases but the training would help on how to improve the quality of reporting".she noted 

Mrs. Akinola added that by this, International and local partners would know the status of the disease in each state and provide necessary vaccines to prevent its spread.

"This would help protecting of animals as well as man", according to her.

She equally hinted that most human diseases are zoonotic- which are spread from animals to human and if it is accurately reported, it would help enhance hygienic environment.

Dr. Akinola commended Oyo State Government for its prompt action against the disease, through various sensitisation programs, for stakeholders, especially butchers.

She also affirmed that no anthrax case has been recorded in Oyo State. 

Thanking the organizers of the training, Mr. John Fabunmi and Mrs. Aina Akinola who spoke on behalf of the participants said the training was a refresher course coming at the right time.

They promised to be active in their responsibilities to ensure animal diseases were accurately reported to avert outbreak of diseases in the state and Nigeria at large.

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