Esogban of Benin rues relegation of veterinary medicine practice

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From Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITY – A non-agenarian and Esogban of the Benin Kingdom chief David Edebiri complained on Wednesday that veterinary medicine in the country was being pushed into the background and urged authorities to show the profession due respect.

Edebiri made the call when members of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) paid him a courtesy visit outside the association’s national convention in the capital of Edo state.

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The newborn has been named chairman of the NVMA’s 57th Annual Meeting on The Veterinarian and Global Health Security.

“We consume or keep animals brought in from different parts of the world, or keep them as pets.

“I think the government should go in that direction and give professionals in this area the credit, roles and responsibilities they deserve. I am sure that this will help us stem the spread of disease.

“I will support myself and encourage everyone to give the veterinary practice more visibility.”

Earlier, Michael Ehizokhale, Chairman of the Convention’s Local Orgnaising Committee (LOC), said in his address that the theme of the Convention is to better understand that there is no difference between animal health and that of humans.

He stated that the best way for the world to be free from human disease is to stop the spread of diseases in animals.

Ehizokhale said that everything was ready for the Congress, which will take place for the first time since its last hearing in 1983 under what was then Bendel State in Edo.