AS part of its technical support to Nigeria to curb emerging animal diseases, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), through the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) programme, is empowering veterinarians with capacity and skills for detecting and controlling emerging and transboundary animal diseases in the country.
FAO is also empowering field-based animal health professionals to prevent, control and respond to the spread of zoonotic diseases in Nigeria through the In-service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) programme.
This recent move led to the training and empowering of 30 veterinarians selected from 26 states on how to report cases of animal diseases, collation of data and many more.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 70 percent of emerging infectious diseases in humans originate from animals.
During the concluding part of the training exercise which lasted for one month, one if the facilitators, Professor Asabe Dzikwi-Enennaa said the training is the In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) which targets at training frontline veterinarian on how to report and handle cases of infectious animal diseases.
She said the training exercise has a collection of 30 people that were trained and they have so far spent one month on ground, undergoing the training.
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