The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) says the most effective way of preventing COVID-19-like viruses is to ensure good veterinary governance.
Jocelyn Brown Hall, FOA Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, said this at the ongoing online conference — “Africa Europe Days’’ — on Friday.
She said that timely response to animal disease and initiation of control over food processing could not be over-emphasised.
“Significant share of human diseases are caused by animal diseases. If we miss this opportunity to address animal health and animal production systems; then what we would learn from the crisis?
“FAO strongly recommends the holistic ‘One Health’ approach. It is a transdisciplinary approach working to achieve optimal health outcomes through preventive and control strategies.
“The strategies include regulations for the slaughterhouses and how they process the product, how consumers cook, how we deal with the traditional diet.’’
According to the FAO representative, the ‘One Health’ approach would be at the centre of debate at the upcoming 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.
The organisers said the conference would be taking place from Dec. 2 to 9, ahead of the Africa-EU Leaders’ Meeting.
They added that the heads of state would meet on Dec. 9, in the lead-up to what would be a landmark year for Africa-Europe relations.