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FG partners FAO to check anthrax spread

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have expressed their readiness to partner to check and control the spread of anthrax disease in the country.

Their partnership followed the anxiety created over the anthrax outbreak in Nigeria, with confirmed cases in Niger and Lagos states.

The Communications Officer, FAO Nigeria, David Tsokar, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.

The statement quoted the FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases Country Team Lead, Dr Otto Muhinda, as explaining that “The partnership is to be enhanced within the context of the One Health approach, and efforts would be sustained using a strong team of frontline experts, to prevent the spread of the disease to other parts of the country.

“With the support of USAID, we are pursuing our efforts to mobilise human and financial resources, including the Directors of Veterinary Services from the 36 states and FCT Abuja, to discuss the ongoing anthrax outbreak and evaluate the preparedness of the states vis-à-vis the implementation of strategies to prevent the spread of the disease into the country as well as put in place control measures.”

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