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Disease Surveillance: Veterinarian calls for provision of ambulances in 774 LGAs

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A veterinary doctor, Dr Muhammad Bala has urged the federal and state governments to provide a minimum of two ambulances for veterinary services in the 774 local government areas in the country.

Bala,  former Chairman, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), FCT Chapter, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said that the measure would ensure effective veterinary services to contain the spread of zoonotic disease.

Describing ambulatory services as the backbone of veterinary practice, the veterinarian said that availability of well equipped ambulances would aid in the delivery of quality veterinary drugs, treatment and vaccination promptly to farmers and as well as safeguard public health.

Bala said that ideally every LGAs are supposed to benefit from an integrated extension services with veterinarian playing a key role in animal health and production services.

“Agriculture is the bedrock of our economy and therefore I call on government at national and sub

national levels to support veterinary doctors with at least two ambulatory vehicles par local government area to enable veterinary doctors reach out to farmers and their livestock,’’ he said.

Citing the FCT as an example, the veterinarian disclosed that at the moment only one ambulance was functional , describing the current situation as inimical to animal health and unhealthy for health and wellbeing of the populace.

Bala, who identified non availability of ambulances for veterinary services as a major challenge in the profession, appealed to the federal and state governments for support in providing ambulances to assist veterinary doctors in carrying out their duties.

“In FCT for instance you can hardly boast of two ambulatory vehicles at the moment when each of the area councils are supposed to have two each for us to reach out to farmers and livestock come rain come shine.

“Ambulatory services are the backbone of veterinary practice. Veterinarians in area councils need to be supported with ambulances, a lot of these

delivery of veterinary services.

“Such measure will go a long way in stemming the spread of diseases as well as herder-farmer clashes.

`Also we need to identify where all these farmers are so that government can profile them and then you are able to separate those making this trouble from the good larger ones that are contributing to the economic development,’’ he said.

According to Bala, while one can carry small animals like cat, dogs to vet clinics for veterinary attention, but you cannot bring the cattle, sheep, goats and pigs to the clinic.

“We need to provide the pastoralists with drugs, vaccines and other services to guarantee settling these animals in farms known to government and their host communities.

“This will not only be an impetus to diseases prevention and control, but also a solution to incessant clashes with crop farmers,” he said. (NAN)

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Shaibu Relocates Office Out Of Edo Govt House

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The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu has commenced the relocation of his office to an area outside the vicinity of the Government House.

The development follows last of Shuaibu’s suit filed at the Federal High Court to stop alleged plots by week’s withdrawal   the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, to remove him from office.

The new office is situated at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House.

Sources close to the deputy governor said  that a letter was sent by the Head of Service to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor instructing her to supervise the movement of civil servants and files to the new office.

It was also gathered that the new office is not habitable as there is no electricity, is waterlogged, and the office spaces are significantly small.

The state government had however insisted that the deputy governor’s new office is within the confines of the area designated as the Government House.

 

 

 

 

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NARD SET TO CALL OF STRIKE AFTER SENATE’S INTERVENTION

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••• Cancels Planned National Protest

Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are set to call off their two week old strike after a closed door meeting with Principal Officers of the Senate on Tuesday.

Adressing the media shortly after the closed door meeting with President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio and other Principal Officers of the Senate, National President of the association, Dr Emeka Innocent Orji, stated “we had a very fruitful meeting with the Senate led by the President of the Senate and from our discussions with them, we are very hopeful that when we table our discussions today before the NEC, something positive would come out.

“From our interaction with the President of the Senate and the practical demonstration he did before us today, we are very confident that there would be light at the end of the tunnel in the next 24 hours.

“Because of the intervention of the President of the Senate, who is the number three citizen and the assurance he has given us, our planned national protest has been cancelled while the decision on the ongoing strike would be taken as soon we meet, he assured.

Speaking in the same vein, Senator Akpabio, thanked the medical doctors for honoring the Senate by calling off their planned national protest and also working towards calling off the strike.

According to him, ” I thank you onbehalf of the Senate for honoring us with your decision not only to cancel the planned public protest, but to also call off the strike in the interest of the suffering masses.

“Your demands are well noted and let me assure you that as soon as a Minister in charge of Health is appointed, the Senate will work with him or her to expeditiously adress all your grievances. The President Bola Tinubu-led administration is Doctors friendly and that explains the large number of medical practitioners he has appointed into his cabinet.

“Strike by medical practitioners should not be allowed even for a day because of the impacts it creates in the polity and that is why the Senate is determined to ensure through interactions and consultation with relevant offices, amicable settlement of the impasse is reached,” he stated.

President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio (3rd from left), Dr Emeka Innocent Orji (middle) Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and Senator Ireti Kingibe (first from right)after a meeting with national officers of NARD in the office the President of the Senate on Tuesday.

 

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Nigerian-Made Noodles Safe To Eat, Says NAFDAC

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The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has certified noodles manufactured in Nigeria, saying they are safe for consumption.

The confirmation followed the Agency’s investigation into the presence of ethylene oxide or its metabolite in noodles or their seasonings.

This was made known by the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, during a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday.

She noted that ethylene oxide or its derivative was not found in any of the instant noodles produced in Nigeria and their seasonings which make them safe for consumption.

The NAFDAC boss also declared that the level of mycotoxin and the heavy metals were within the internationally acceptable limit.

“Therefore, the noodles made in Nigeria are very safe to eat,” she stated.

Giving account of how the sampling of the noodles was conducted, she said, “Samples of chicken flavoured instant noodles of various brands (and the seasonings) were drawn from the production facilities across the country.

“This was to ensure that the investigation was robust, covering other instant noodles brands manufactured in Nigeria, besides Indomie, the implicated brand.

“The Post Marketing Surveillance Division also visited markets/retail outlets in the major cities of Lagos, Abuja, and Kano and drew samples of instant noodles for laboratory analysis.

“The market visits served as surveillance for the presence of the Taiwan and Malaysian special chicken noodles in the Nigerian market.

“The samples drawn from production facilities and trade were properly packaged and delivered in good condition to our Central Laboratory, Oshodi, Lagos, where analytical activities commenced immediately in accordance with international standards and methods of analysis.”

For the sampling, a total of 114 samples of instant noodles and the seasonings were received, the NAFDAC DG stated.

The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.

 

 

 

 

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