Alimi et al. 2018

Sokoto Journal of Veterinary Sciences, Volume 16 (Number 3). September, 2018

 

 

Perspectives of animal health workers in Nigeria to global eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR)

YA Alimi1, AM Adamu2, JS Akinbobola3*, MZ Wunti4 & K Mohammed4

 

1.                  Department of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, Nigeria

2.                  Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, Nigeria

3.                  Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Abuja, Nigeria

4.                  National Animal Production Research Institute, Zaria, Nigeria

 

 

Abstract

The Food Agriculture Organization - Office International des Epizooties (FAO-OIE) coordinated global eradication program, launched in 2015, is expected to help stamp out pestes des petits ruminants (PPR) from across the world by the year 2030. A questionnaire survey was employed to assess the perception of animal healthcare workers about the possibility of PPR elimination in the country, using FAO-OIE strategy. A total of four hundred and forty six (446) animal health workers participated in the survey, out of which 126 (28.25%) considered PPR the most important small ruminant disease. Despite the history of disease endemicity in Nigeria, only 40% of animal health workers have received PPR vaccination request since they began practice. Result also showed that 58% of study respondents were aware of the ongoing FAO-OIE global eradication programme against PPR, with their information sources being internet (55%), professional colleagues (32%) radio, print media (12%) and television (1%). Respondents were of the opinion that PPR eradication and control was the sole responsibility of animal health workers (67%), veterinarians (29%), technologists (4%) and government (0%). To achieve disease eradication in Nigeria by year 2030, the focal areas that need urgent attention are veterinary infrastructure, vaccine production, disease diagnosis, surveillance and notification.

 

Keywords: Animal health workers, Awareness, Global eradication, Nigeria, Perspective, PPR

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