In a significant and proactive move to promote public health and safety, the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative during the Y2023 World Rabies Day Celebration.
The initiative, aptly themed “All for One: One Health for All,” focuses on the state’s well-being of humans and animals.
As part of this pioneering initiative, the ministry has launched a program that provides free human vaccination for various individuals, including veterinary doctors, hunters, pet owners, and other veterinary personnel.
The initiative recognises the interconnectedness of human and animal health and aims to protect both communities from the threat of rabies.
Rabies is a potentially fatal viral disease that can be transmitted from infected animals to humans.
Vaccination is a highly effective preventive measure against rabies, and the free human vaccination program seeks to ensure that individuals at higher risk of exposure to the disease receive the necessary protection.
The Y2023 World Rabies Day Celebration raises awareness about rabies, its prevention, and the importance of a collaborative approach involving both human and animal health sectors.
Experts say the “One Health for All” theme underscores the interconnectedness of the health of animals, humans, and the environment, emphasising the need for cooperation among various stakeholders.
A statement by the ministry read:
”By offering free human vaccination to veterinary professionals, hunters, pet owners, and other veterinary personnel, the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture demonstrates its commitment to the health and safety of its citizens and its dedication to proactive public health measures.
”This initiative aligns with global efforts to eliminate rabies and reduce the burden of this preventable disease.
”It is a testament to Lagos State’s forward-thinking approach to healthcare, emphasising the importance of a One Health approach that recognises the interdependence of human and animal health.
”The launch of this program marks a significant step forward in the fight against rabies in Lagos State. It reinforces the importance of collaboration, awareness, and preventive measures to protect human and animal populations.
”The ministry’s commitment to “All for One: One Health for All” reflects a comprehensive and progressive approach to public health and safety.”