Global Supplier dispel Fear over Avian Influenza Vaccination

Avian Influenza Vaccination
Avian Influenza Vaccination

Stakeholders in the poultry industry have met to discuss whether the use of vaccination should be adopted against the Avian Influenza disease in the country. The stakeholders’ summit which was organized by Boehringer Ingelheim, a global avian influenza vaccine supplier in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development brought veterinary researchers, experts from the universities, farmers, and other international bodies like FAO to discuss the controversy around vaccination.

Dr. Moses Arokoyo, Business manager, English speaking West African countries for Boehringer Ingelheim, said the silent fear was that people believe when you vaccinate, the disease more or less becomes endemic, arguing however that from the global perspective that was not the case.

Dr. Orokoyo stressed that vaccination does not mean that the disease becomes endemic, adding that the idea of the summit was to present a kind of methodology regarding vaccination in order to achieve eradication of the disease.

Dr. Hanif Chaudhry, a consultant with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, while presenting as guest speaker at the summit, urged that a holistic approach is adopted inclusive of vaccination.

Some stakeholders however expressed concern that adopting vaccination policy could make the disease more complicated to deal with.

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