Resuscitate Inspection of Abattoirs, Veterinarians tell Oyo Government
In order to prevent frequent occurrence of diseases such as tuberculosis, Lassa fever, rabies and other contagious diseases in Oyo state, there is the need for government to urgently resuscitate the inspection of abattoir and ensure vaccination of animals.
Chairman, Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Oyo State Chapter, Dr. Dayo Adejuyigbe stated this during a road walk, marking the annual week of the association in Ibadan.
Dr. Adejuyigbe explained that the inspection of abattoir had been neglected for the past eight years saying, it was inimical to residents in the state.
He said Tuberculosis, Rabies and Lassa Fever threatened human existence due to contact with infected domestic animals.
The Medical Expert noted that fifty-nine thousand people died annually as a result of rabies infection, while seventy percent of the deaths occurred in Nigeria.
Dr. Adejuyigbe said his association was ready to partner Oyo State Government to ensure safe meat for human consumption.
Responding, Oyo state Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr. Oyewole Oyewunmi said the State Government was not relenting at ensuring safety of its citizens.
He appealed to butchers in the state to make use of the modern abattoir in Akinyele.
The 2017 annual walk of the Association had as its theme: “The Role of Veterinarians in the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.
Source : Radio Nigeria