The Oyo State government has commenced anti-rabies vaccination campaign to curb the menace of rabies in the state.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, made this known on Friday, saying that the campaign is in collaboration with the Oyo State branch of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association.

The commissioner added that it is also part of the activities marking the 2023 World Rabies Day in Ibadan.

Barr. Olaleye averred that the vaccination programme demonstrates the resolve of the Oyo State government to eradicate rabies by increasing the availability and accessibility of anti-rabies vaccines in the state.

Barrister Olasunkanmi added that it is important humans are protected from diseases that are transmissible from animals, as about 70 percent of infectious diseases affecting humans are of animal origin.

He said, “We have also improved our surveillance and reporting systems, to monitor anthrax and every zoonotic diseases, to evaluate the impact of our collective interventions.”

He however hinted that Oyo State would be ready to partner with any association or group to ensure people of the state are healthy.

In his address, the Chairman of tbe Oyo State chapter of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Moses Arokoyo, commended the Oyo State government for being proactive in fighting against zoonotic diseases adding that free anti-rabies vaccination of dogs was part of efforts to celebrate this year’s World Rabies Day.

In another development, the honourable Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, has engaged owners of companies and industrial facilities in the state over the state government’s stance on absolute cleanliness and environmental law compliance.

Mogbonjubola met various owners of agro-allied and chemical industries, construction companies, food and beverages industries, quarries and other industrial facilities in the state on Thursday.

He called for adequate collaboration in sustaining the environment through healthy ways of evacuation of both their solid, liquid or recircled and emitted wastes.


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