World TB day: Veterinarians are the gatekeepers to public health- Dr Tolu Omotugba


World TB day: Veterinarians are the gatekeepers to public health- Dr Tolu Omotugba

 

….. their daily effort at the abattoir is the reason why zoonotic tuberculosis has been significantly controlled in the human population…..

 

– Every March 24 is world tuberculosis day

The Nigerian veterinary medical association (NVMA), Kogi state chapter, has marked this year’s
World TB day celebration at the Lokoja abattoir.

 

The NVMA was joined by a special team from the Kogi state center for tuberculosis program led by Dr Komolafe Rotimi as early as 6am to join the vets working in the abattoir for the daily meat inspection exercise.

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Other supporting partners like WHO and INGRA were also in attendance to mark the celebration

The choice of abattoir for the celebration was to sensitize the butchers and abattoir workers about the deadly bacteria which has now turned to a global epidemic

The chairman of NVMA, Dr Tolu Omotugba emphasized the need to ensure strict hygiene during slaughter

He also presented some materials like nose masks, gloves and boots to protect the abattoir workers against the deadly disease. These materials were presented to the secretary of the butchers who expressed profound gratitude

While addressing the press afterwards, the Chairman commended her members that wake up by 5am daily to carry out the meat inspection exercise at the abattoirs.

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According to him, they’re the gatekeepers to public health because their daily efforts is the reason why zoonotic tuberculosis has been significantly controlled in the human population


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