County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun has said that the goverment will develop a County Livestock Community Reporting Policy to support and guide operations of disease reporting in Turkana .
Speaking at Kaikor when he officially opened a workshop training for community disease reporters from Kibish Sub-County, CEC Aemun said that anchoring diseases reporting on law would help address issues of zoonotic and transboundary diseases as well as strengthening of e-surveillance system .
The policy will help address protocol of livestock diseases reporting, early detection and also create strong market linkages for livestock traders .
Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) are epidemic diseases which are highly contagious or transmissible and have the potential for very rapid spread, irrespective of national borders, causing serious socio-economic and possibly public health consequences.
He noted that the veterinary directorate would henceforth preposition essential livestock drugs and crushes near kraals and watering points for ease access by herders .
The weeklong training is sponsored by Turkana Pastrolist Development Organization(TUPADO)under the auspices of Omo Delta project.
He revealed that the government had already trained 513 community disease reporters and further thanked partners for continued support on diseases surveillance and control.
On his part ,Fisheries,Livestock production and veterinary services Chief Officer Abdullahi Yussuf revealed that Community disease reporters had strengthened surveillance through e-surveillance reporting. He assured the CDRs that the department will continue working with them to control livestock diseases in the County.
The team had earlier own witnessed delivery of veterinary drugs and equipment to Kaikor veterinary store. The drugs will be used for livestock treatment in Kibish Sub-County.
Additionally, CEC Aemun stated that the County Government through the Agriculture officers would offer extension services at Kangitulae and Lokamarinyang farming lands, among other areas in Turkana North, to increase crop production and address the issue of food insecurity.
County Veterinary Services Director Benson Longor said that the the directorate had procured uniform for the CDRs and it will be distributed after the training on Friday.
Kibish Sub-County administrator Reuben Eleo and Kaaleng/Kaikor ward administrator Peter Katiko.