The Oyo State Government has launched an awareness campaign targeting butchers and livestock dealers, aiming to educate them about the lethal anthrax disease.
Mr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, shared this information during a press conference in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Olaleye emphasized that the state government is committed to intensifying its monitoring of abattoirs in order to detect and prevent the spread of animal diseases.
As part of their efforts, the sensitization team has already visited crucial locations, including the Amosun Central Abattoir, the Lam Adesina International Cattle Market, and the goat market, all situated within the Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
This proactive move is in line with the state government’s strategy to proactively avert any potential outbreak of anthrax in the region.
Anthrax is a severe infectious disease caused by the Bacillus anthracis bacteria, which naturally resides in the soil and affects both domestic and wild animals.
The primary concern is that humans can contract anthrax if they come into contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated by the bacteria.
To mitigate this risk, the awareness campaign aims to educate key stakeholders, especially butchers, cattle dealers/sellers, and consumers, on the importance of taking precautions against anthrax and the necessary control measures to combat its spread.
Although there are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax in the state, Commissioner Olaleye underscored the significance of adhering to preventive measures.
In response, the government has initiated comprehensive preparations to curb any potential anthrax outbreak. Veterinary doctors and relevant officials across all 33 local governments in the state have been placed on high alert.
Olaleye also directed butcher associations and cattle dealers/sellers to ensure that veterinary doctors certify all slaughtered animals, and he urged the general public to remain vigilant in order to prevent any potential anthrax-related risks.