Garissa goats to get jab for viral disease
The county wants to vaccinate 120,000 livestock following an outbreak
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