In a determined bid to avert the threat of anthrax disease affecting both animals and humans, the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture is taking significant steps to enhance surveillance and engagement with stakeholders.
Officials have commenced visits to cattle markets and slaughter slabs across the state as part of this proactive initiative.
Led by Mr. Samuel Adeogun, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, the Risk/Communication team embarked on a sensitization campaign, visiting prominent cattle markets such as Olorunisola cattle market in Isheri, and Atokun International market in Ifo and Yewa North Local Government Areas respectively.
This campaign aims to educate the public about the disease and provide guidance on appropriate actions in case of an outbreak.
Highlighting the comprehensive approach of the activated Emergency Operation Center, Mr. Adeogun emphasized the participation of critical stakeholders in safeguarding public health against the disease.
He underscored the importance of compliance among individuals involved in cattle and animal-related businesses, emphasizing that adherence to preventive measures would mitigate potential losses in business and citizen investments.
Dr. Taiwo Jolaoso, the State Director of Veterinary Services, represented by Dr. Adeniyi Tade, stressed the significance of educating stakeholders about the disease.
He praised the state’s proactive stance in maintaining awareness and preventative measures against the disease.
During his presentation, Dr. Gbenga Afolabi, a veterinarian, highlighted the zoonotic nature of the disease, which affects both humans and animals.
He emphasized the importance of early detection and timely medical attention as preventive measures.
These measures include avoiding contact with infected animals or products, ensuring proper cooking of meat, practicing good hygiene, and more.
Representing the World Health Organization (WHO), Mrs. Afolake Ogunlaja underlined the necessity of promptly reporting affected animals to curtail the spread of the disease.
In their respective statements, Alhaji Mohammadu Badamasi, the Seriki Hausawa of Awori, Olorunisola Cattle market, Isheri, and Alhaji Ibrahim Usman, the Seriki Fulani of Atokun International market, expressed appreciation for the current administration’s awareness campaign.
They acknowledged its timeliness and pledged their commitment to compliance with preventive measures, thereby minimizing the risk of an outbreak.
This concerted effort by the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture showcases a strong commitment to safeguarding both animal and human health, reinforcing the importance of community collaboration and proactive measures in disease prevention.
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