ALL DIS­POSED

• Culling staff can’t go to other barangays in 3 days

Mindanao Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY SAMANTHA T. BUR­GOS

THE CULLING of all hogs af­fected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) in two Cali­nan barangays was com­pleted yes­ter­day, the city ve­teri­nar­ian said.

The City Ve­teri­nar­ian’s Of­fice (CVO) said all 2,343 af­fected hogs have al­ready been culled in La­manan and Dominga and the 536 hog rais­ers were com­pen­sated by the city gov­ern­ment and the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA).

CVO head Dr. Cere­lyn Pinili also di­rected the per­son­nel in­volved in the culling op­er­a­tions to ob­serve a down­time of three days.

“This means that per­son­nel are not al­lowed to visit other barangays to pre­vent in­cur­sion of the dis­ease in other ar­eas,” Pinili said in her report.

She said that ve­hi­cles and other equip­ment used dur­ing the op­er­a­tion will also be cleaned and dis­in­fected daily for the next three days.

As there is still an un­cer­tainty whether the ASF virus has been elim­i­nated af­ter the culling op­er­a­tion, Pinili said that af­fected barangays will still un­dergo de­con­tam­i­na­tion and dis­in­fec­tion ac­tiv­i­ties by in­di­vid­ual hog rais­ers daily for 30 days.

“If pos­si­ble, no pigs will be reared any­more. In case re­pop­u­la­tion is con­sid­ered, rear­ing will be al­lowed af­ter 90 days pro­vided that all in­fected ma­te­ri­als were dis­posed prop­erly and thor­ough dis­in­fec­tion has been prop­erly con­ducted,” she said.

Pinili said that there are still re­stric­tions on the move­ment of pigs un­til fur­ther ad­vice.

She met with barangay cap­tains of the ar­eas last Wednesday cov­ered by the 1-7-10 kilo­me­ter ra­dius of the ASF-af­fected barangays to “in­form them of the cur­rent ASF sit­u­a­tion in Davao Re­gion and ad­vise them to con­duct manda­tory dis­ease re­port­ing in their ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

The dis­ease sur­veil­lance of ar­eas within the seven kilo­me­ter ra­dius of the two af­fected barangays will still be con­ducted and the rest of the barangays will be mon­i­tored through manda­tory dis­ease re­port­ing.

Af­fected barangays are also or­dered to con­duct mon­i­tor­ing in their area and see to it that proper dis­in­fec­tion is fol­lowed. All en­try and exit points will be manned by the con­cerned barangay to carry out dis­in­fec­tion of ve­hi­cles that will en­ter their ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Pinili said the re­vised sched­ule for slaugh­ter­house op­er­a­tions in the city con­tin­ues to be im­ple­mented.

“No ma­jor con­cerns have been ob­served and op­er­a­tions are run­ning smoothly,” she said.

“We con­tinue to en­join ev­ery­one to co­op­er­ate to con­tain the dis­ease. The con­sum­ing pub­lic is as­sured that meat that passed through proper in­spec­tion pro­ce­dures in slaugh­ter­houses are safe to eat,” she said.

A DAY be­fore Valen­tine’s Day, a ven­dor keeps her day busy by ar­rang­ing flower bou­quets in front of San Pe­dro Cathe­dral. BING GON­ZA­LES

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