KENYA-UGANDA CROSS BORDER VACCINATION AND TREATMENT EXERCISE LAUNCHED
Turkana County Government, through the Department of Fisheries, Livestock & Veterinary Services, launched a livestock vaccination, deworming and supportive treatment targeting 30,000 shoats in Loima Sub-County.
Following the recent disease surveillance reports conducted by the department showing increased prevalence of endemic diseases especially in Kataruk/Lobei and Lorengippi/Lokiriama because of the movement of animals between Kenya and Uganda.
Being carried out in collaboration with Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) and Lotus Kenya Action for Development Organisation (Lokado), two teams of veterinarians with drugs worth Kshs2.5 million and vaccines Kshs3 million – provided by the county government – will be expected to be in the field for 8 days.
“We are answering the vision of the President’s Big Four Agenda where food security is one of his pillars. It is also in the Governor’s manifesto,” said County Executive Committee member of Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fishers – Chris Aletia.
He called upon other development partners to work together with the ministry in disease control programs in order to reach other areas along the borders.
The Loima Sub-county Administrator, Chris Eregae, appreciated the ministry’s efforts in targeting the Kenya and Uganda border especially the targeted areas as livestock migration is most prevalent. “This will strengthen the Ateker community and assist in disease control.”
James Lokolel, in-charge of Monitoring and Evaluation in Lokado, said that one of the organisation’s goal is to support the agro-pastoralist community in Kenya and Uganda. He added that there were soon starting an agriculture program in Lobei, Urum and Lokiriama thus looked forward to collaborating with the ministry.
According to the Director of Veterinary services – Dr Benson Long’or, Turkana County has made great strides in cross-border disease control as per the National PPR Control and Eradication Framework.