Ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Kano State has advised the Muslim faithful against the slaughtering of ram with any symptoms of diseases which could be transmitted to humans.
Disclosing this to newsmen is the Association’s Chairman Dr. Abubakar Sani Inuwa through the Public Relations Officer, Dr. Junaidu Yakubu Muhammed, the chairman also warned
The statement reads, “It is part of the responsibility as veterinary doctors to protect the health of the animal and improve the well-being of humans.
“To the effect, we advise that the animals to be slaughtered must be free from any signs of diseases such as diarrhoea, discharges from natural orifices, persistence and frequent coughing, external injuries among others in order to avoid transmission of diseases from animals to humans.
“Furthermore, the animals should not be given drugs especially antibiotics for at least two weeks before slaughter because of the chance of developing antimicrobial resistance in humans.
“After slaughter, the animal organs such as lungs, liver, heart, kidney and the entire carcass should be thoroughly observed for any abnormalities especially change in colour, odour, texture or abnormal growth.
“Similarly, caution should be taken during the burning of head, skin and legs as many people use old tyres which contain carcinogenic agents capable of causing cancer in humans. It is advisable to use cooking gas or firewood instead.
“Finally, the association wishes the entire Muslim Ummah a happy and hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration.”
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