The Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association has described vaccines as key drug used to prevent diseases in human and animal health.
The Ebonyi Chairman of the association, Dr Nwenyi Okoro, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abakaliki that vaccinating animals would benefit human beings by reducing the risk of infectious and zoonotic diseases such as rabies.
Okoro explained that veterinary vaccines have dual contributions to both animals and human health by preventing diseases in animals which would in turn prevent diseases in human population.
According to him, rabies is 100 per cent vaccine preventable.
He said: “What stops rabies from being eliminated in the world is dog and irregular vaccination.
“Once 70 to 80 per cent of domestic dogs are vaccinated, it will control and cut the spread of rabies in dogs and in turn stop its spread in human population.
“Vaccines are key to preventive medicine both in human and animal population.’’
He further disclosed that ending bad practices among abattoir workers and daily inspections by staff of the agency would ensure proper hygiene.
He said that the association had planned a workshop to educate farmers, poultry practitioners and veterinarians on bird flu while regulation enforcement would commence to discourage bad practices.
“The workshop is to kick start the process of regulation and how vaccines would be preserved from point of production to point of use,” Okoro said.
He advised pet and farm animal owners to vaccinate their animals and fumigate their farms to prevent spread of diseases and loses.
Meanwhile, the state Director of Veterinary Services in Ebonyi, Dr Ephraim Nwanga, has said that the world was moving away from clinical medicine to preventive medicine in order to control diseases.
Nwanga, who is also a Public Health Scientist and Field Epidemiologist, said they were committed to promoting human health through protection of animal health which would be achieved through vaccination.
“There are diseases that can be transmitted from animal to man, adding that communicable diseases are about 63 per cent infectious while others are zoonotic viruses,” Nwanga said.
He noted that paucity of fund had limited its programmes and campaigns to inform the public.
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