Rabies, a deadly animal disease caused by a virus, kills more than 55,000 people every year around the world.
This was disclosed by Dr Abdulganiyyu Abubakar, Director, Veterinary Services of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development during the World Rabies Day campaign held Monday in Abuja. The director who was represented by Dr. Egejuru Eze of Veterinary Public Health department of the ministry, said about 40% of the cases occur in children under the age of 15 due to their close association with pets.
“More than 95% of the infection occurs in poor countries of Africa and Asia. The mortality rate, once the symptoms appear is about 99%,” he said.
He announced that the federal Ministry of Agriculture will in the next two weeks conduct free vaccination of animals, particularly dogs, nationwide to curtail the disease.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, who was represented by Sony Adeniyi, said people who are infected by the disease will receive free medical treatment nationwide.
He asked people with domestic animals to vaccinate them regularly to avoid contact with the disease. He however, lamented the practice where people killed and ate infected animals instead of treating them, adding that was responsible for the epidemic in some states of the federation.
Rabies can affect domestic animals such as cats, dogs among other warm blooded animals, and man. It is usually transmitted through the saliva following the bite of a rabid dog or other animal to man.
“Once the symptoms appear after bite, there is usually no cure, so prevention is better than cure. Vaccinate your dogs, cats and other pets regularly,” Dr Adeyemo Bolade of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Abuja chapter, advised. [SOURCE: DAILY TRUST]
The Nigerian Veterinary Medical association (NVMA), Oyo State chapter, has cautioned its members and the general public against transmission of diseases from animals to humans in the concerted efforts to stamp out Ebola and related zoonotic diseases in Nigeria. (more…)
Veterinary doctor and animal scientists have been advised to always be conscious of the safety and take pro-active and precautionary measures to avoid contracting and spreading zoonotic viral infections and diseases in the course of their duties.
Professor B.O Taiwo of University of Ibadan gave the advice last week while speaking on prevention of transmission of zoonotic diseases from animals to humans during an Ebola virus prevention lecture organised by the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association of Nigeria (NVMA), Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan.
Dr (Mrs) Comfort Aiki-Raji, a veterinary microbiologist/parasitologist at the University of Ibadan, said if Ebola virus was not urgently curtailed, it would pose a great threat to this generation, its economy and social beaviour.
As part of the way forward, she advocated massive investment in heath care facilities and research, especially on Ebola and other ravaging viruses; heath education and immediate eradication of Ebola, urging the government and corporate bodies to invest in good science, as the United States and other health-conscious nations had been doing.
Acting Provost of the college, Dr F.C Nworgu, commended the association for putting such a lecture in place, describing it as first of its kind and timely. [SOURCE: TRIBUNE]