Kwara lawmakers call for urgent measures against anthrax


The Kwara state House of Assembly has urged Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to direct the state Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to liaise with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to urgently embark on a statewide vaccination of livestock with Anthrax spore vaccine.

This was sequel to a motion on notice titled “Need for Urgent Control of Community Spread of Anthrax Pandemic in Kwara State,” sponsored by Razaq Owolabi, (APC, Share/Oke-Ode).

The House implored the state government to direct the Ministry of Communication to embark on massive public awareness and sensitization of the citizens.

The legislators said citizens need to be sensitised on the need to practise and maintain personal and environmental hygiene, as well as proper disposal of dead animals, to prevent an outbreak of Anthrax in the state.

The lawmakers also stressed the need for both ministries to improve surveillance on the activities of cattle rearers and butchers by ensuring that quarantine officers of the federal, state, and local governments are alive to their responsibilities.

In their various contributions, the lawmakers who took turns to speak on the symptoms, infection and treatment of Anthrax called for concerted efforts to prevent its outbreak in Kwara State.

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