Report By Dr Saater Kumaga (Benue State)
The Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria, Dr Olaniran Alabi stated this during a plenary session on ‘New Frontiers and technologies on disease surveillance and reporting’ during the just concluded 56th NVMA conference in Lokoja. Dr Alabi who was represented by Dr Samuel Anzaku decried lack of information on the prevalence of OIE listed diseases in Nigeria, a situation he attributed to lack of commitment to the task by practicing veterinarians. He announced the department’s resolve to move from reporting of disease manually by filling incidence forms that are sent to the office of the Director of Veterinary services of every state to a digital and faster means through an online application that is already being developed by Vetsark.
“Veterinarians can easily access the App and instantly report diseases as they encounter them on the field for investigation and control measures to be instituted”.
He further directed heads of veterinary teaching hospitals to appoint desk officers who will report to them diseases treated in their hospitals on weekly basis.
The executive director of Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services, Dr Vincent Isegbe who was represented on the panel decried lack of cooperation from state governments which is hindering their duty on disease surveillance. The session came to an end with the chairman of the panel, Professor Onah of University of Nigeria Nsukka tasking every stakeholder to rise up to their responsibilities to ensure that OIE listed diseases are promptly reported.