70% of dis­eases in an­i­mals are con­tracted by hu­mans –Ex­pert

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Siki­rat Shehu, Ilorin

About 70 per­cent of dis­eases dis­cov­ered in hu­man be­ings to­day are con­tracted from an­i­mals, a univer­sity don, Dr. Julius Olamiyi Aiye­dun has said.

Aiye­dun, who is the sub­dean, fac­ulty of vet­eri­nary medicine, Univer­sity of Ilorin, dis­closed this while speak­ing on the World Ra­bies Day re­cently.

He said bru­cel­losis and an­thrax are ex­am­ples of such dis­eases found in hu­mans to­day and nor­mally con­tacted from an­i­mals.

He reaf­firmed

the com­mit­ment of the univer­sity in con­duct­ing ef­fec­tive re­search with col­leagues at Univer­sity of Ilorin Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal in or­der to tackle the scourge.

He urged all vete­nary ex­perts in the coun­try to col­lab­o­rate with rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies and stake­hold­ers to cre­ate aware­ness about dis­eases in or­der to have a healthy en­vi­ron­ment.

The ex­pert also called for ef­fec­tive re­search by med­i­cal ex­perts in the coun­try in or­der to curb the var­i­ous dis­eases be­ing con­tacted from an­i­mals. The Pro­ject Man­ager of Kwara state Com­mit­tee on AIDS (KWASACA), Dr John­son Oyeniyi, yesterday said about 39 mil­lion peo­ple have died of hu­man Im­mune virus (HIV/ AIDS and that one in ev­ery 20 adults live with the virus ac­count­ing for about 71 per­cent glob­ally.

He said since the out­break of the epi­demic about 78 mil­lion peo­ple had been in­fected with the HIV virus.

John­son said this in Ilorin, the Kwara state cap­i­tal at a-one day agenda on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals ad­vo­cacy or­ga­nized by In­ter­na­tional Women Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­tre.

Oyeniyi fur­ther said: “This trend can be pre­vented in ru­ral women by in­crease treat­ment and re­duc­tion on the im­pact of HIV/AIDS; aware­ness cre­ation that re­duces new in­fec­tion trans­mis­sion at the fam­ily level by ru­ral women; re­duc­tion of stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion at­tached to HIV/ AIDS among fam­ily mem­bers so as to cater for sick ones at home; pro­vide care and sup­port to peo­ple that are in­fected and af­fected by HIV/AIDS.”

PHOTO: Shehu K. Goro

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of WHO for Nige­ria, Dr. Rui Gama Vaz, right, with the Com­mis­sioner of Health, Prof. Jonathan An­drew Nok, at the Bi-an­nual re­view meet­ing with ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port Staff in Kaduna re­cently.

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