February 28, 2024

FG Donates 50,000 Doses of Anthrax Vaccine to Lagos State

FG Donates 50,000 Doses of Anthrax Vaccine to Lagos State

FG Donates 50,000 Doses of Anthrax Vaccine to Lagos State


By: Ashe

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe has donated free 50,000 doses of anthrax vaccine to Lagos State Government on behalf of the Federal Government.

FG through FMARD made the donation during a courtesy visit to the state’s Ministry of Agriculture at the State Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos.

The donation of the vaccine would fast-track the vaccination of animals against Anthrax disease and ensure that the butchers sell healthy meat as well as safeguard the livestock sub-sector.

Umakhihe, who was represented by the Deputy Director of Veterinary and Pests Control Services, Dr. Abdulkareem Durosinlorun, said that Anthrax, an infectious zoonotic disease caused by bacteria, affects both domestic and wild animals and can also affect human beings, especially those working closely with infected animals..

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Ibironke Emokpae, appreciated FMARD for its support in curtailing the spread of the Anthrax disease in the state.

Emokpae said: “Vaccinations have begun in the state and we have set up surveillance and bio-security at the point of entry of abattoirs in Lagos State to detect any ailing animal.

“Lagos State has developed a house-to-house vaccination campaign because it is an urban area where some people do urban farming. Lagos State is taking the vaccination campaign to urban livestock farmers.”

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