Garissa goats to get jab for vi­ral dis­ease

The county wants to vac­ci­nate 120,000 live­stock fol­low­ing an out­break

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO

A Garissa county has launched a vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign in Fafi and Ijara sub­coun­ties fol­low­ing an out­break of Peste des Pe­tits Ru­mi­nant dis­ease in the area.

PPR is a highly con­ta­gious acute or sub­a­cute vi­ral dis­ease of goats and sheep. It is char­ac­terised by fever, mouth in­flam­ma­tion, gas­troen­teri­tis, pneu­mo­nia, and it some­times leads to death.

The vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign is us­ing the Multi-Ser­vice Hubs ap­proach bring­ing to­gether the county Live­stock Ser­vices de­part­ment, In­ter­na­tional Live­stock Re­search In­sti­tute and pri­vate agro-vets.

The cam­paign is meant to im­prove dis­ease sur­veil­lance, early warn­ing of dis­eases and timely re­sponse. It also aims to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and live- stock mar­ket­ing.

Speak­ing dur­ing the launch of the cam­paign, Garissa Live­stock ex­ec­u­tive Ha­jir Dahiye said the vac­ci­na­tion will con­trol the spread of PPR.

It will also im­prove the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the small stock and en­hance mar­ket ac­cess as healthy an­i­mals fetch bet­ter prices, he said. This will lead to higher prof­its and im­prove pas­toral­ists’ liveli­hoods, Dahiye said.

As part of the cam­paign, live­stock ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers will pro­vide grass­roots ex­ten­sion ser­vices and ed­u­cate pas­toral­ists on live­stock syn­drome dis­ease recog­ni­tion and con­trol meth­ods.

The county tar­gets to vac­ci­nate 120,000 goats and sheep in the two sub­coun­ties in 15 days. Two lo­cal agrovet will ac­com­pany the teams to sell de­worm­ers and other drugs.

About 50,000 cat­tle and camels will also be vac­ci­nated against an­thrax.

THE COUNTY CAM­PAIGN AIMS AT HELP­ING IN EARLY WARN­ING OF AND RE­SPONSE TO DIS­EASE

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