Mendefera — The Agriculture Ministry's branch in the Southern region pointed out that integrated efforts among stakeholders, especially on the part of the Health and Agriculture Ministries, is a significant prerequisite as regards preventing diseases which are transmissible from animals to humans. It made the remark at a joint meeting in Mendefera city, during which it was stated that gratifying accomplishments were registered pertaining to control of malaria and measles on the basis of cooperative ventures, while stepped-up endeavors remain to be necessary in the eradication of zoonotic diseases such as anthrax and rabies.
Mr. Laine Ogbazgi, head of control and follow-up of communicable diseases in the branch office, indicated that instances of such diseases is caused by lack of vaccinations or defective immunization process in animals, and called on stakeholders to enhance role in this regard. He further advised the inhabitants of the region to report urgently in case of any symptom of rabies and anthrax, besides vaccinating their animals regularly.
In closing remarks, Mr. Isaias Araya, head of Administration in the the Health Ministry's regional branch, said that sub-zones such as Areza, Mai-Mine, Tserona, Adi-Quala and Mai-Aini, which are susceptible to malaria, should give further attention to communal efforts involving health professionals pertaining to follow-up of the disease as the rainy season concludes.