The County directorate of veterinary services yesterday completed a risk assessment on Zoonotic diseases like Brucella that involved sampling of blood from different goats and sheep.
Zoonotic are infectious disease caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites that spread from non-human animals (usually vertebrates) to humans.
The exercise under the One Health Program covered several parts of Loima and Turkana West Sub-County. It was jointly done by the Veterinary Services directorate and the International Rescue Committee(IRC) Organisation.
The objective of the Program is to assess the prevalence of zoonotic diseases and the risk it posses to human beings especially the pastrolist community for appropriate mitigation measures.
Acting Deputy Director for Veterinary Services Jane Akale has said the collected blood samples will be analyzed at the County veterinary laboratory for confirmation of the suspected trade sensitive diseases.
Veterinary officers have also screened livestock at the Lodwar Modern market Sale Yard to monitor trade sensitive diseases such as Peste des Petit Ruminant(PPR) ,Lumpy Skin disease among other livestock diseases.
Dr. Jane Akale together with other veterinary officers yesterday visited livestock facilities including the Kakuma sale yard and slaughter house to asses health precautionary measures .
More than 1500 families have benefited from Countywide mass treatment, deworming and vaccination of 230,000 livestock , that was done by County veterinary officers in the last two weeks.