Isiolo County to embark on vaccination of livestock

Isiolo County government will undertake a de-worming and vaccination exercise of livestock in Merti and Garbatula Sub-counties.

Veterinary Service department officials say the exercise is meant to reduce the risk of exposure to diseases.

The County government has teamed up with Lay Volunteers International Association and the National Drought Management Authority to undertake a Deworming and Vaccination exercise in the two most affected Sub Counties of Merti and Garbatula.

County director of veterinary Services Dr Joseph Githinji said that the development partners had donated 1,200 litres of Albendazole (De-wormers) while the County government had provided a consignment of vaccines, to give 100,000 doses of PPR vaccine and 100,000 doses of Sheep and goat pox vaccines.

Dr. Githinji said that the two doses will go concurrently, with each small stock receiving both PPR and Sheep and goat pox vaccines. He noted that the de-worming and vaccination exercise will go a long way to give immunity to the animals and also reduce the parasite load hence giving the animals a better chance to survive the drought onslaught.

The vaccination is meant to reduce the risk of animals contracting diseases due to mass movement across Counties in search of the elusive water and pasture.

Isiolo County governor Mohamed Kuti lauded the move saying it will greatly improve livestock resilience especially during the dry season.

The county boss urged the local community to come up with sustainable ideas to combat the regular drought seasons.

He called for a paradigm shift by the livestock keepers to ensure that they grow and store an adequate amount of fodder for use during the dry season.

The National Drought management Authority County Cordinator Lordman Lekalkuli said that the fight against drought needed to be included in the County Integrated Development programme to ensure that the County government plays a major role instead of depending on donor funding to overcome such challenges.

The prospects of the region receiving the much anticipated long rains next month seem even more gloomy following reports from the meteorological department indicating that the region was likely to receive very little rainfall.


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