By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
In order to prevent warm blooded animals from falling prey of highly fatal and deadly viral diseases, no fewer than 9,000 dogs and cats would be vaccinated free by the Osun state government in all the 30 local governments and Ife East Area Office of the state.
The Special Adviser to Governor on Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Festus Agunbiade, who stated this at the inauguration of the programme in Osogbo hinted that these deadly viral diseases also affects man.
Agunbiade stated further that the diseases which are viral infections that attack the brain and nervous system can transmit to humans through contact with the saliva of infected animals, “most often by a bite or by licks of broken skin or mucous membranes.” He noted that “worldwide, dog bites are responsible for cases of rabies in humans and the disease can only be prevented though vaccination of these animals.”
He stressed that disease prevention and control whether in man or animal should be a joint and collaborative responsibility of all the three tiers of government.
He appealed to local government management to provide appropriate funds and budget line for the control of animal diseases in their annual budgetary estimates to complement and reinforce the effort of the state government.
Agunbiade urged owners of dogs and cats to avail themselves the opportunity and vaccinate their pets so as to protect their health and also secure safety of lives.