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]