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