County Government, Concern Worldwide Animal Disease Control Program benefits 360,000 livestock across Turkana

County Government, Concern Worldwide Animal Disease Control Program benefits 360,000 livestock across Turkana

Lotubae, May 10, 2024 (Public Communications and Media Relations)

The County Government in partnership with Concern Worldwide, has been undertaking a livestock disease control intervention exercise in Turkana East Sub-County (Katilia and Lokori/Kochodin wards), and along Turkana South and Turkana Central Sub-Counties border areas.

The exercise, which runs under the Enhanced Drought and Emergency for Food and Nutrition Project, has so far benefited 198,605 units of livestock, with hopes that the 360,000 target will be reached before May 15, 2024.

According to the Chief Officer for Livestock Development, Dr Ezekiel Ekuwom, the exercise entails animal vaccination against contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (CCPP) and Peste des Petits Ruminantes (PPR), deworming, and supportive treatment.

In his visit to the vaccinating team, Dr. Ezekiel appreciated Concern Worldwide for supporting the exercise, which he said will help eradicate diseases that affect livestock.

“The collaborative effort between the County Government and Concern Worldwide reinforces an integrated plan to boost livestock health to realize sustainable livelihoods within the County,” he said.

He further stressed the importance of livestock vaccination and appreciated the community for presenting their livestock for treatment. He also urged them to cooperate with the veterinary officers who have been traversing the village units and have all the animals vaccinated and treated.

The exercise, currently in its second round, began on April 25, 2024, and is scheduled to conclude on May 15, 2024. The first round conducted in February this year benefited livestock keepers in Kapedo/Napeitom ward and parts of Lokori/Kochodin.

The Chief Officer was also accompanied by the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Benson Longor, and Concern Worldwide Officers.

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