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Animal diseases: Sokoto flags off Bovine TB awareness, campaign

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SOKOTO State Ministry of Animal Health and Fisheries Development in collaboration with Zoetis Alpha, Nigeria has flagged off bovine turbaculosis awareness and testing campaign to improve livestock production in the state.

  Flagging off the Campaign at Fakon Idi area in Sokoto North Local Government, commissioner of the ministry in the state,  Abdulkadir Junaidu, described the campaign as timely, considering how the incident keep rising especially among pastoralists.

  Professor Junaidu said according to World Health Organisation, WHO report (2020) Turbaculosis was found all over the countries of the world and an estimated 10 million people fell ill with the disease worldwide.

  ” 5.6 million people among those that fell ill were men, 3.2 millon were women and 1.2 million children. Sadly, 1.4 million people died from TB including 208,000 people with HIV, thus making the disease one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent above HIV/AIDs,” the commissioner said.

  He however explained that Bovine tuberculosis contribute to about 10% of the general disease burden and controlling it will go a long way in tackcling the menace of the disease.

  He urged government and Institutions at all level to embrace the concept of one health approach to help eliminate Turbaculosis and other zoonotic diseases among communities.

  According to him, the Sokoto State Government under his ministry had renewed more commitments as over 100 veterinarians were placed at forefront on farms, at abattoir and clinics to assist in the fight against infectious diseases that are economically relevant as well as public health importance, ” this has earned us recognition nationally for promptness in disease reporting and clinical Veterinary services”.

  Professor Junaidu thanked the Zoetis Alpha, Nigeria for choosing Sokoto to be the first to have this kind of intervention.

  He appeal to the company to establish a transboundary animal disease laboratory at Illela border to assist in curbing transborder diseases that are likely coming in to the country through Niger Republic.

  The commissioner added that Sokoto State would remain focused in responding to all challenges that affect livestock productivity and health in line with the best practices for meaningful development in the State.

  He also urged benefitting Fulani communities to take advantage of the program and vaccinate their cattle and ensure healthy animals across the state.

  Representative of Zoetis Alpha, Nigeria, Dr Ada Ogwuchi, in their remark noted that Bovine Tuberculosis Awareness campaign become necessary in order to improve livestock production in Sub-Saharan African countries. 

  Dr Ogwuchi said their company is operating in over 100 countries and have 27 different manufacturers and about 300 products.

  He added that the company has over 2.6 billion dollars and operating in 3 African countries of Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

  Dr Ogwuchi said in Nigeria they have their testing centers at Kaduna, Jos in Plateau State and Ibadan in Oyo State.

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