Anthrax Pandemic: Kwara Assembly calls for urgent vaccination of livestock

The Kwara state House of Assembly has urged Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to direct the state Ministry of Health and that of Agriculture and Rural Development to liaise with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to urgently embark on a statewide vaccination of livestock with Anthrax spore vaccine.

This was sequel to a motion on notice titled “Need for Urgent Control of Community Spread of Anthrax Pandemic in Kwara State” sponsored by Hon. Razaq Owolabi, member representing Share/Oke-Ode Constituency.

The House implored the State Government to direct the Ministry of Communication to embark on massive public awareness and sensitization of the citizens on the need to practice and maintain personal and environmental hygiene as well as proper disposal of dead animals in other to prevent outbreak of Anthrax disease in the state.

The lawmakers also stressed the need for the state Ministry of Health and that of Agriculture and Rural Development to improve surveillance on activities of cattle rearers and butchers by ensuring that quarantine officers of federal, state and local government are alive to their responsibilities.

In their various contributions, the legislators who took turn to speak on symptoms, infection, and treatment of Anthrax called for concerted efforts to prevent its outbreak in Kwara State.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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