In a bid to prevent the spread of Anthrax in Nigeria, the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH) organized a workshop titled “Preventing the Spread of Anthrax in Nigeria on Thursday, 27th July, 2023 at the College of Agriculture Auditorium, Ikorodu Campus.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya, in his address, explained that Anthrax is not a new disease but has not been reported in Nigeria for years. He informed that its re-emergence is a reminder that pathogens do not respect national boundaries or require travel documents to move from one nation to another. “Anthrax, a few weeks ago was reported in Northern Ghana and now reported in Niger State, Nigeria, and perhaps all over Nigeria. We are a very dynamic and responsive University, holding this workshop is to deliver on one of our strategic initiatives of the IMPACT agenda, Town and Gown relationship in the spirit of an entrepreneurial orientation” he said.
Speaking further, the VC pointed out that the workshop has a two-fold objective to sensitize the University community about this disease and to sensitize the general public as well. He encouraged other Colleges to rise to the occasion and respond to national emergencies/situations as well as take actions to prevent the spread of Anthrax in Nigeria.
The Guest Speaker, Prof. Yetunde Kuyinu in her presentation gave an insight into the Anthrax Disease, its causes, and signs on animals and humans. She also spoke about its prevention as well as control measures during an epidemic.
Prof. Kuyinu explained that the workshop fits one health because it affects animals and humans. It is passed from contaminated soil to animals and then from animals to humans. She further explained that the disease is present in most parts of the world but common in Africa. “Most animals are infected by the ingestion of contaminated food and water. Anthrax in humans generally results from contact with infected animals and it could be through occupational exposure” she said.
The workshop also featured a panel discussion, question and answer sessions.