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By David Okpala/Stella Okpala

Ekwulobia (Aguata LGA), Sept. 14, 2018 (MOI)

Veterinary doctor, Dr Gospel Mark says pig diseases can also affect humans.

The doctor, however, appealed to pig farmers to slaughter and bury deep into the ground any pig found with disease for safety of humans.

Pig farmers under the umbrella of Pig Farmers Association Nigeria, were educated on pig diseases and symptoms.

Dr Mark said this in Ekwulobia during a seminar organised for pig farmers to educate them on prevalent pig diseases, symptoms and their first aid treatments.

The Resource Person, Dr Mark, who is a Corps member, enumerated some pig diseases to include African swine fever, Erysipelas, Brucellosis Anthrax and their symptoms.

Dr Mark said that the symptoms of these diseases look alike, leaving the situation with the only option of being determined by diagnostic laboratory.

He called for viable veterinary diagnostics laboratory to ensure animal health.

He, then, urged pig farmers to consult veterinary doctors anytime they notice abnormalities in their pigs.

  ``It is cheaper to consult veterinary doctors, when there are problems than going to chemists to purchase drugs and administer into pigs; this can lead to complication that tantamount to losses,’’ Mark said.

He emphasised the importance of hygiene and use of disinfectants as precautionary measures that could prevent pig diseases, hence ``prevention is better than cure.’’

Some pig farmers who participated in the seminar said they had acquired the knowledge of what their pig’s problems might be and how to tackle them.

Mr Joshua Ezekiel, an indigene of Igboukwu, a pig farmer said he had been looking for this opportunity.

``Now that I know all about pigs, my pig farm is going to witness a boost,’’ Mr Ezekiel said. (MOI)