… vows to continue fighting zoonotic diseases
By Stephen Gbadamosi
The Oyo State government has condemned the action of the owner of FinRel Pharmacy, who allegedly broke the seal on the business premises after the owner was found guilty of violating the veterinary premises law.
A statement jointly signed by the state Commissioners for Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade; and his counterpart in Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, noted that surveillance agents of the ministry confirmed the incident.
The statement added that reasons for sealing FinRel Pharmacy Store at Asolo, Olorunsogo area of Ibadan, the state capital, was not cast in stone, adding that it will “take appropriate legal actions against the management of the pharmacy within the ambits of the law.”
The statement confirmed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s action was premised on its efforts to curtail any outbreak of any animals to humans’ disease (zoonotics).
After receiving an intel that a Vet Doctor with FinRel Pharmacy, Dr. Ayorinde Benjamin with VC RG No 10257 was treating dogs at a barbecue spot of the Pharmacy and Veterinary Store, the Ministry promptly visited the said premises.
While reacting to a statement by the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), the commissioners placed on record that the Oyo State government was not interested in who sold human and veterinary medicines, but added that “the present government in the state would not allow any person or group of persons’ selfish interest and unprofessional acts to put the health of the general public at risk.”
They affirmed that the Oyo State would not fold its arms on any unprofessional act that is liable to put the entire state in jeopardy and enhance an outbreak of diseases.