As part of ensuring adequate livestock vaccines and drugs for effective livestock disease control, County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Ebei today in Lodwar flagged off Veterinary supplies and equipment worth Ksh.36 million for prepositioning at the Sub-Counties cold chain stores.

CECM Ebei said decentralization of the essential drug supplies which includes cold chain facility will enhance early preparedness and timely response to emergency, and targeted disease control.

“A health animal population is a key block in ensuring that food security agenda is achieved, having in a mind that the livestock sector is the backbone and source of livelihood for the Turkana people,” he said.

The supplies shall be under the custody of decentralized animal health committee chaired by Sub County Administrators, with Sub County Veterinary Officer taking the role of the secretary to the committee and ensure accountability/documentation of the supplies.

While attributing success of livestock diseases surveillance to a supportive and robust community disease reporting system, the County Executive directed that veterinary officers coordinate with the CDRs to identify kraals that have never been reached as well as positioning the vaccines at key migratory routes to cover a larger number of livestock, when vaccination exercise begins.

County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary Services Abdulahi Yusuf assured that the distribution plan for vaccines was ready and lauded partner’s support on implementation the livestock programs.

County Director for Veterinary Services Benson Longor assured of his directorate readiness to embark on a targeted vaccination exercise that’s informed by data collected on the e-surveillance system.

Others who spoke at the brief event attended by officers drawn from the Pastoral Economy and Fisheries were Directors; Bobby Ekadon (Livestock Production) and Robert Kibunja (Fisheries).