The Nigerian Association of Veterinary Doctors (NVM), Anambra State Chapter, on Thursday said the state was prone to zoonoses if the government did not employ more professionals in the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs). ).
According to NVM State Chairman, Dr Ifeanyi Obiwulu, Nigeria, like other parts of the continent, was battling monkey pox, bird flu and other animal-borne diseases due to quackery, neglect of the profession, among other factors.
Obiwulu, who was speaking at the farmer training/workshop organized by the association to introduce farmers to modern animal husbandry, challenges and solutions, said that only one veterinarian was engaged in each of the 21 LGAs, which which he said was not good for the state.
He therefore called on Governor Charles Soludo to employ more veterinarians in local government areas, as well as to create a Ministry of Animal Health and Production to help improve animal and public health, inspection of slaughterhouses and others.
“I call for the establishment of animal health and production in the state. And to employ more veterinarians in the 21 LGAs, as to date we only have one in each of the council areas. This will help to control the zoonoses that pop up here and there, and prevent the effects here. This will help correct many damages in our society today, clean up the system and eliminate quackery,” he noted.
During the training, Obiwulu asked the farmers to use the opportunity to improve their services and improve society within commercialized agriculture.
Some of the resource persons for the training, Dr. Webster Okonkwo and Dr. Chika Ikeogu, emphasized the need for farmers to adopt modern technologies and innovations in poultry and pig farming.