The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the animal health sector. This call comes in response to the recent outbreak of anthrax and other zoonotic diseases in the West Africa sub-region of Northern Ghana bordering Burkina Faso, Togo, and Niger State.
Olutoyin Adetuberu, the national president of the association, made this call in an interview. He emphasized the need for urgent action to address the issue and prevent further spread of these diseases.
Anthrax is a serious bacterial infection that can affect both animals and humans. It is caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis and can be transmitted through contact with infected animals or their products.
The NVMA is calling for increased funding and resources to be allocated to the animal health sector to improve disease surveillance and control measures. They also recommend increased collaboration between veterinary and human health professionals to address the issue of zoonotic diseases.
The federal government has yet to respond to this call for action, but it is clear that urgent measures are needed to address this growing threat to public health.
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