Lassa Fever: Clerics urge FG to Sensitize Citizens in Worship Places on Zoonotic Disease
Clerics all over the country have called on the Federal Government to use veterinary doctors to sensitize citizens at places of worship on zoonotic disease (diseases transmitted from animal to humans), such as Lassa Fever, Ebola, Rabbis, and Avian influenza.
This was contained in a statement issued by Pastor Yohanna Buru, the general overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Sabon Tasha, in Kaduna state.
Similarly, Muslim scholars have also called on government to improve the activities of vet doctors across the country; they have also called on the public on sanitation and regular inspection of both domestic and wild animals.
Pastor Buru said, with the increasing threat and spread of lassa fever in the country, there is the need for government to use mosques and churches to sensitize citizens on dangers of zoonotic diseases (earlier mentioned) that surround human environment – including diseases such as, Marburg viruses, Anthrax, Bovine tuberculosis, among others.
Pastor Buru emphasized that, “Man is highly surrounded with various animals, both domestic and wild, and both are really important to his life, but with the increasing zoonotic diseases, man’s life is in danger; therefore, government has a great role to play towards educating the public in both places of worship and other social gatherings.
“By their transmission activities, zoonotic diseases come in the form of bacteria, viruses, fungus, or parasites. There are over 250 zoonotic organisms, with only about 40 being transmitted from dogs and cats. The rest of the zoonotic organisms are transmitted from birds, reptiles, farm animals, wildlife, and other mammals.
“The good news is that most of zoonotic diseases can be prevented by following basic hygienic guidelines side-by-side with routine veterinary care guidelines for your pet,” he said.
Buru said there is the need for both states and federal government to immensely use veterinary doctors to educate the society on preventive ways so as to reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases’ attacks from our domestic animals in our environment.
He also pointed out that using places of worship, market places, schools, parks, car stations and football match arenas could be advantageous to educate the society through the use of veterinary doctors on (effects of) lassa fever, rabies and zoonotics diseases, and how to stay away from contacting those diseases.
Pastor Buru gave some suggestions on ways to reduce zoonotics with our domestic animals, which include regular hand wash, avoiding contact with wild animals, use of flea and tick preventives, and keeping to strict routine veterinary care.
In a similar vein, Muslim scholars also called on government to improve the activities of vet doctors across the country, and implored the general public to observe regular sanitation and inspection of their domestic animals.
The scholars appealed to market sellers of insecticide to cut down the prices, so that Nigerians can be able to afford buying rat poisons, in order to wipe out lassa fever in the country.
It’s widely acknowledged that the specie of rats with long pin mouth is mainly responsible for the causes of lassa fever, but caution should not be thrown to the wind for care with other rats to avoid taking chances.