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FG Pledges Policy, Programme Support for Inclusive Veterinary Services

The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring effective policies and programs for inclusive  veterinary services.

This was disclosed by Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, during the commemoration of World Veterinary Day in Abuja on Saturday.

Organized by the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) FCT Chapter, the event’s theme, “Veterinarians are essential health workers,” highlighted the vital role these professionals play in safeguarding public health and ensuring food safety.

Abdullahi emphasized the government’s determination to coordinate veterinary practice effectively, acknowledging veterinarians as essential in preventing zoonotic diseases and maintaining a secure food supply chain. He also stressed the need for both government and private sector support to enhance their service delivery.

Dr. Chinna Joe-Iruobe, Chairperson of NVMA FCT Chapter, echoed the sentiment, recognizing veterinarians as frontline defenders against diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Despite their critical role, she noted, veterinarians are often overlooked in the country.

Joe-Iruobe emphasized that veterinarians are indispensable members of the healthcare community, working tirelessly to protect both human and animal populations. Recognizing them as essential health workers, she argued, is crucial for ensuring a healthier and safer future for all.

The celebration of World Veterinary Day serves as a reminder of the invaluable contributions of veterinarians to animal health, welfare, and public health. It also highlights the importance of collaboration between different sectors to address global health challenges, aligning with the one-health approach involving human, animal, and environmental health.

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