Gov’t delivers 10,000 doses of FMD vaccines to Alebtong district

Alebtong – The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries delivered 10,000 doses of Foot and Mouth disease vaccines to Alebtong District, two months after the outbreak of the deadly cattle disease.

The district confirmed the outbreak of the disease in the areas of Adwir, Okomo, Alololo, and Ocokober in Adwir sub-county in March prompting a declaration of a temporary quarantine in the affected areas.

But as a result of the laxity of the locals who disregarded the quarantine restrictions, the disease spread to the sub counties of Angetta, Amugu Town Council and Omoro.

The area has also been battling anthrax and Black Quarter Disease since last year.

The Ministry of Agriculture has now delivered 10,000 doses of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccines and 1,350 doses of bronchitis, for the vaccination against Black Quarter Disease and anthrax.

Alebtong District Chairperson David Kennedy Odongo confirmed receipt of the consignment saying they are hopeful that the Ministry will add more doses to vaccinate animals across the district.

Francis Ogwang, the Chairperson of the Adwir sub-county wants the vaccination exercise to start immediately saying farmers need to use their oxen for ploughing.

Similarly, Isaac Apenyo, the Chairperson of Omoro sub-county is optimistic that upon vaccination, farmers will be able to sell the animals and send their children back to school on time.

However, Dr Charles Noki, the District Veterinary Officer said the vaccination exercise will kick start as soon as the district finds resources to conduct it.

Source: URN

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