Kogi state Government is to embark on a massive vaccination of cattle across the state In an effort to prevent the further spread of the Contagious Bovine Pleuro-Pneumonia, CBPP Disease.
At the Flag off ceremony in Lokoja, Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello explained that livestock production was a major aspect of the state economy as it was essential in ensuring good health and economic development through protein, hides and skin as well as manure.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to Kogi state government, Doctor Folashade Arike said the vaccination would also prevent possible contraction by humans who may consume contagious livestock.
Alhaji Bello therefore called on cattle breeders, particularly members of Miyetti Allah Cattle breeders Association to make their cattle available for the vaccination which would take off in the twenty one Local councils of the state.
The governor urged them to continue to support the APC led government to ensure sustainability of all ongoing agro based programmes.
According to him, government was considering the engagement of more veterinary doctors in the state and that very soon the process would commence.
Director, National Pest Control and Veterinary Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, Doctor Niran Alabi applauded the Kogi state government for giving priority to livestock production in view of its socio economic importance noting that animal diseases was a major challenge militating against optimal animal production in the country.
While promising the ministry’s collaboration with the state government in the control and eradication of such diseases, Doctor Alabi advocated employment of more veterinary doctors by government.
National President, Veterinary Medical Association, NVMA, Doctor Godwin Abonyi, represented by the Chairman FCT chapter of the Association, Doctor Bala Muhammed stated that Kogi state is a gateway for cattle and other livestock across the country and expressed concern that inadequate veterinary personnel would hamper the campaign against trans boundary animal diseases.
In an address of welcome, Kogi state Commissioner for Agriculture, Kehinde Oloruntoba pointed out that about 150 animals have so far died from the deadly disease necessitating the procurement of over 100, 000 units of vaccines by government.
Oloruntoba added that all cattle settlements had been identified and several veterinarians dispatched to contain the spread of the CBPP disease which has implications on human health.
The exercise is to be carried out within one week.