A nonagenarian and Esogban from the Kingdom of Benin, Chief David Edebiri, lamented the relegation of veterinary practice to the country and called for recognition of the profession.
Edebiri made the call when members of the Association of Veterinarians of Nigeria (NVMA) paid him a courtesy visit ahead of the association’s national convention scheduled for Benin from October 25-29.
The Esogban of Benin, the third after the Oba of Benin, has been appointed to chair the 57th Annual Convention of the NVMA, whose theme is “The veterinarian and global health security”.
He noted that since there was a correlation between animals and humans in the spread of disease, there was a need to give due recognition to the practice of veterinary medicine.
According to him, “We consume or keep as pets animals brought from different parts of the world and yet there is no form of regulation to verify whether these animals are suitable for consumption or to be kept as pets.
“I think the government should go in that direction and give its recognition; more roles and responsibilities for professionals in this field. I am sure that with this we will be able to curb the spread of disease.
“As for me, I will support myself and encourage everyone to give more visibility to the veterinary practice”, declared the great Beninese chief.
Speaking, Michael Ehizokhale, president of the local organizing committee (LOC) of the convention, stressed that the theme of the convention was to seek to better understand that there was no distinction between animal health and that of humans.
He said the best way for the world to be free from human disease is to stop the spread of disease in animals.
“It’s just the essence of this convention, for people to wake up to this awareness; the essential role of what veterinarians have to play in the health security of the nation and indeed of the world.
“If all diseases are stopped in animals, people have no reason to be afraid; they will live freely because diseases directly affecting animals are transmissible to humans, ”he said.
Ehizokhale said everything was set for the convention, which would be held in Edo for the first time since it was last held in 1983 under the then Bendel State.
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