Ghana named as rinderpest-free country
The International Organisation of Animal Health has conferred on Ghana the status of a rinderpest-free country, following the total eradication of the disease in 2005. A Deputy Minister of food and Agriculture, Dr. Alfred Sugri-Tia, who disclosed this in Tamale, has therefore commended veterinary doctors in the country for their untiring efforts which ensured the eradication of that deadly and highly contagious cattle disease.
He made the commendation at the opening of the 35th Annual General Meeting of the Ghana Veterinary Medical Association in Tamale. Dr. Tia noted that in a rapidly changing world, veterinary services delivery must face new challenges and continually evolve to meet the demands of society, in the areas of food security, food safety, public health and animal welfare.
The Deputy Minister hoped with the establishment of two new veterinary schools at the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, more veterinary professionals would soon be trained to contribute their quota towards animal health and production in the country.
The President of the Ghana Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. K. B .Darkwa said about sixty percent of all infectious diseases in human beings can be traced to animals. He said veterinary medicine contributes to human health by promoting the health of animals, adding that the ultimate goal of both professions is to achieve sustainable food security and good health for humanity.