NVMA wor­ries over quack­ery, an­tibi­otics

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Vin­cent A. Yusuf

The Nige­rian Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NVMA) has ex­pressed grave con­cerns over the alarm­ing rate of quack­ery in the vet­eri­nary med­i­cal pro­fes­sion and the in­dis­crim­i­nate use of an­tibi­otics by peo­ple who claim to be vet doc­tors across the coun­try.

The newly elected Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Pro­fes­sor Bello Mo­hammed Agaie ex­pressed this fear yes­ter­day in Abuja when he led other of­fi­cials of the as­so­ci­a­tion on a cour­tesy visit to Me­dia Trust Lim­ited, pub­lish­ers of the Daily Trust ti­tles.

Pro­fes­sor Agaie stressed that the visit had be­come nec­es­sary in or­der to gain the me­dia sup­port in the as­so­ci­a­tion’s vi­sion of wag­ing war against quacks and the in­dis­crim­i­nate use of an­tibi­otics on food an­i­mals.

“We are wor­ried about quack­ery in the vet­eri­nary pro­fes­sion. Ev­ery­body just thinks vet­eri­nary medicine is for all com­ers- all you need to do is to open a shop, start selling an­i­mal feeds, the next thing you start see­ing ac­ces­sories for treat­ing an­i­mals and next time you go there, peo­ple are bring­ing an­i­mals and they are treat­ing and vac­ci­nat­ing them. I think that is a very ma­jor chal­lenge that the pro­fes­sion is fac­ing. And I think it’s very im­por­tant that we work with all the rel­e­vant agen­cies to at least, re­duce it to the barest min­i­mum. If you go to the south­east, the num­ber of peo­ple who have opened up vet­eri­nary phar­ma­cies, vet shops for treat­ing an­i­mals is re­ally alarm­ing,” he said.

The pro­fes­sor of vet­eri­nary phar­ma­col­ogy and tox­i­col­ogy stressed that some of the chal­lenges we face that is now be­com­ing pop­u­lar around the world is an­timi­cro­bial dop­ing is­sues.

“Peo­ple give an­i­mal an­tibi­otics and think that they are treat­ing them but at the end of it all this prod­uct still come back to hu­mans be­cause when you use it in food an­i­mals, there are pe­riod that has been spec­i­fied be­fore with­drawal pe­riod or else the residues will still be avail­able in the prod­uct ei­ther meat or milk,” he said.

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