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Veterinary association tasks Anambra Govt. on modern laboratory, clinic facilities

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  Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has appealed to Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra to construct veterinary laboratory and clinic facilities for proper diagnosis and treatment of livestock in the state.

The State Chairman of the association, Dr Michael Okafor made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Onitsha.

Okafor said there was currently no laboratory for veterinary professionals including those employed by the state government to carry out diagnosis on livestock.

According to him, there is also no standard veterinary clinic in the state; the one in Awka that looks like a clinic is nothing to write home about.

“There was one at Onitsha, which used to be one of the best in the eastern region but due to neglect, the facilities has been abandoned and left to decay.

“Government should help to construct well-equipped veterinary laboratories and clinics in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

“Currently, veterinary doctors travelled to Asaba and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), for actual diagnosis which affects veterinary practice and members financially,” the chairman said.

“The association has professionals with requisite knowledge on health and animal production to assist government’s realisation of the initiative,” he added.

Okafor further requested government’s backing to assist the state’s Veterinary Institution Registration Committee, especially as it concerned enforcement and inspection of veterinary institutions and livestock farms in the state.

“Majority of the farmers don’t consult veterinary doctors before treating animals; they just go to the market, get the drugs and use on their animals without due consultations.

“We have recorded a case of a farmer, who administered sniper on his animals without consultation, which eventually killed the animals.

“No veterinary doctor will advise you to use sniper to kill insects around your farm because it poses danger on both the animals and humans that consume them.

“We need government backing to instil discipline in the practice to check spread of diseases and ensure safety of animal and human lives,” he added.

 

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