The Kwara State Government has commenced a state-wide sensitization campaign exercise, on the prevention and control of anthrax disease with stakeholders engagement and inspection of some of the abattoir markets and slaughter slabs in the Ilorin metropolis.
The team, which comprised officials from the State Ministries of Health, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Abubakar Ayinla sensitized the butchers and other stakeholders in livestock value chain on the implications of anthrax disease to the well-being of the people.
Dr. Ayinla explained that the sensitization exercise is one of the preventive measures taken to curb the spread of anthrax disease in the state.
The Permanent Secretary appealed to the butchers and value chain operators in livestock business to ensure that only healthy animals are slaughtered for the consumption of the public, advising them to maintain a hygienic environment.
In his remarks, the Director of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. AbdulLateef Olugbon disclosed that anthrax is a zoonotic disease that can be contracted through an infected animal or contaminated animal products like hide and skin.
In their separate responses, the Seriki Fawa of Abubakar Saraki Abattoir, Alh. Suleiman Muhammad and the Chairman, Ojatuntun Butchers Association, Alhaji Shehu Musa assured the state government of their support in preventing anthrax disease from entering the state.