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FG Begins Free Vaccination Against Anthrax In Niger – Independent Newspaper Nigeria

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FG Begins Free Vaccination Against Anthrax In Niger – Independent Newspaper Nigeria


ABUJA – The Federal Government in collaboration with critical stakeholders has flagged- off-free vaccination against anthrax to ensure the safety of livestock as well as prevent the spread of the disease to unaffected animals and human beings in Niger State.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, stated this at the Emir’s palace during his sympathy visit together with his team, following the outbreak of Anthrax disease in Niger State recently.

Umakhihe, represented by the Deputy Director, of Veterinary and Pests Control Services, Dr. Abdulkareem Durosinlorun, explained that anthrax is an infectious zoonosis disease, caused by bacteria that affects both domestic and wild animals and can also affect human beings, especially those working closely with infected animals.

To mitigate the spread of Anthrax, he said, the Federal Government had deployed 50,000 doses of Anthrax vaccines to the State for the commencement of mass vaccination of all livestock within a 12-kilometer radius of the farm where the disease was first diagnosed.

Umakhihe revealed that plans were underway to carry out a free anthrax vaccination campaign in other states.

He said: “We have also placed restrictions of movement on animals within the farm where the outbreak occurred for the next 20 days from the date of the onset of the outbreak.

“This is to ensure that if these animals are infected, they do not infect other animals around them, the farm, its equipment and surroundings will also be thoroughly disinfected while the Ministry will also mount surveillance in slaughter slabs, abattoirs and livestock markets around the farm and similar locations in the country to detect the disease early before it spread.”

The Permanent Secretary, therefore, solicited the cooperation of the people of the Emirate to enable the team to carry out all necessary activities to put the outbreak under control, revealing that all in-contact persons have been placed on prophylactic treatment and are being monitored closely.

In his remarks, the Emir of Suleja, His Royal Highness, Mallam Muhammad Awwal, commended the Federal Government for its prompt response, noting that the outbreak of the disease in his domain came as a shock to him and his Council members.

He, however, stated their readiness to curtail the disease, adding that they have deployed some health workers to join the Federal Government’s team.

He called for collaboration between the State Government and the Federal Government, pointing out that without synergy among the stakeholders, nothing would be achieved.

His Royal Highness, therefore pledged to sensitise his Council members on how to handle and prevent the disease.

While on an advocacy visit to Suleja Abbatoir, the Head of the Niger State Butchers Association, Alhaji Jubril Mandalla expressed his profound gratitude to the team for the visit.

He pointed out that prior to the team’s intervention, the veterinary doctor in charge had already sensitised them.

He added that they were aware of the disease and would ensure adherence to safety measures, promising to give all necessary support to ensure that the disease is curtailed.

The highlight of the event was the vaccination of animals in Boyiwa, Kajanna and Acerbus farms in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State.

Also, the Permanent Secretary’s representative led advocacy and sensitisation visits to Suleja Abbatoir, Livestock Market, Primary Healthcare Centers and General Hospital, Suleja.

In attendance were Veterinarians from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Niger State Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Nigeria Agriculture Quarantine Services, Officials of the National Veterinary Research Institute, Staff of NCDC, Ministry of Environment and ECTAD-FAO, Niger State Butchers Association, among others.

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