By Fatima Muraina
Ondo state government has reiterated its commitment towards better delivery of animal health care services to eradicate disesase by 2030.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Olayato Aribo stated this while flagging off the 2022 World Rabies Day in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Edward Ogunmola said the ongoing registration of qualified Veterinary Practitioners in the state is to checkmate the activities of quacks in the administration of animal health.
This, he stated, was aimed at ensuring the promotion and sustenance of good health amongst the citizenry, knowing that the deadliest human diseases are usually contacted through the intake or contact with animals.
He added, that the move will save millions of lives and dollars if adequate attention is paid to animal health.
In his welcome address, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Ayo Badejo said the celebration of the Rabies Day was to inform the public about the deadly disease and for its elimination in the society.
The theme for this year’s celebration, Badejo said disclosed is “Rabies: One health, zero Deaths,” aimed getting the society to know about it and be free from rabies which he noted would best be achieved by involving the students.
In a goodwill message, the Chairperson of Environmental Health, Mrs Funmilola Akintade charged the state government bring in more hands in the environmental sector to meet the rising challenges.
Akintade advised people to stay away from straying animals as she called on pet owners to learn how to control them.
A representative of the World Health Organisation, Mr Israel Popoola commended the organisers for the seminar and the free vaccination.
He raised the need for community awareness, particularly on the social media, assuring that his organisation will intensify efforts on advocacy, technical support and resource mobilization to make sure that advocacy is done globally to eradicate the menace.