Dr Shehu Abdulkadir, a veterinarian has asked Bauchi State Government to establish an agency that will spearhead the control of animal diseases in the state.
He said the agency if established will be effective in the control of endemic Zoonotic thereby reducing the rate of losses recorded in the production of animals in the state.
He expressed concern over how epidemic livestock diseases have the potential to cause catastrophic production losses, constrain international trade in livestock and its products, and threaten food security.
Dr Shehu Abdulkadir Zailani also stressed the importance of inter-agency coordination at the national level to improve animal health situations so as to achieve the objectives of disease prevention and control in various states and Nigeria in general.
He explained that livestock not only provides food security but also improve the quality of human life and make a significant contribution to the national economy, hence the need for the government to give the needed attention to the animal agriculture sub-sector.
Dr Zailani said the government has a role to play in the control of Transboundary animal diseases and must be prompted to be on red alert at all times for any anticipated animal disease outbreaks.
WikkiTimes recalls that Bauchi State Government had last year promised to construct a Special Veterinary hospital. However, the project is yet to come to fruition.