INCREASING HERD IMMUNITY; MANAGING THE RISK OF LIVESTOCK DISEASES



INCREASING HERD IMMUNITY; MANAGING THE RISK OF LIVESTOCK DISEASES

The County Government of Lamu through the Department of Agriculture and Livestock has launched a rigorous mass vaccination campaign targeting over 50,000 heads of cattle across the county against Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP).

According to the Head of the Veterinary Department, Dr George Ondieki, over 16, 000 heads of cattle have been vaccinated in the ongoing free exercise in Hindi and Mkunumbi Wards. The exercise has just kicked off in Bahari and Witu Wards.

CBPP is a highly contagious disease that affects the cattles’ lungs leading to difficulties in breathing and coughing and eventually death in the absence of veterinary interventions.

Through its annual Pest and Disease Control Program, Lamu County Government’s Department of Agriculture and Livestock is bolstering mass vaccination in the County to increase herd immunity, prevent livestock loses and impacting the livestock supplies in the local and international market.

In the program, the County Government is shouldering vaccine purchase and administration on behalf of the local pastrolists and farmers during vaccination campaigns.

Livestock farmers are encouraged to present their animals to the designated vaccination centres as shall be announced by the Veterinary Department.

Enquiries about the same can be made through: 0733707156 (office hours).


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