Foot and Mouth, Lumpy Skin Diseases vaccination campaign kicks off in Busia County

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Foot and Mouth and Lumpy Skin Diseases vaccination  campaign  kicked off in Busia County on Monday with Busia  Deputy Governor  Moses Mulomi  launching the exercise at  Buriangi Dispensary in Bukhayo  West Ward.

Vaccination  for FMD will be  carried out in Teso North, Teso South, Nambale and Matayos Sub Counties  with LSD undertaken in  Butula, Samia  and  Budalangi. LSD  has been  reported in all the seven sub counties.

County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture Dr Moses Osia  said over 1,200 cases of  FMD have been reported  in four sub counties and continues to spread widely.

 Dr Osia said areas in Teso North  where FMD have been reported includes  Kiriko, Awaat and  Ikapolo.   In Teso South areas affected includes  Kotur, Kwang’amor and  Ng’elechom. In Nambale it has been reported in  Lupida, Segero and Sikinga. In Matayos the disease  is prevalent in  Mujuru, Mundika and Sirishia.

Mulomi said  over 200,000  animals  across the county  are in danger of  the two diseasesadding  that the  County has released Sh3million towards the  vaccination campaign  with a further Sh15m needed to vaccinate all the  200,000 Livestock  in the  county as preventive measure.

He thanked Coopers Kenya  and the  International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for their assistance in revamping the Livestock industry in the county.

CEC for Health  Dr Maurice Siminyu  who is number one farmer urged  farmers  to take up Livestock farming  seriously  to generate  milk and meat and to vaccinate their animals against contagious diseases.

County  Director of Veterinary Services  Dr Allan Ogendo said  animals  with Lumpy Skin Diseases are not vaccinated because they are already stressed. They are only given anti-biotic until  they recover then  they can  be injected.  LSD  is  spread by  house flies and during heavy rains.

 Vet Officer Dr  John Ohato  said  the new  oil-based FMD vaccine  is being  used in the county for the first time, adding that  livestock  are injected  once  in a year compared to conventional vaccine used twice a year and  It reduces the  cost by almost half.

Chief Officer for Agriculture  Engineer Richard Achiambo said Coopers Kenya has donated to the County Government  7,500  doses  for treating anthrax,  the most contagious  and fatal  livestock disease.

He also revealed that  over 10,000 fish are set for harvesting at  Mulukoba Beach in Bunyala  West Ward from five cages, adding that fish caging is a very good  investment  opportunity.

Chief Officer for Health  Dr Asoka Itur regretted that most youth  don’t keep animals which they leave to their parents. He urged them to  take animal husbandry which is first income generating  industry.

The quarantine was imposed  last month and markets and  slaughter houses ordered  closed. Dr Ogendo said the ban will be lifted  if there are no reported  new  infections.

Photos: Vet Officer prepares to inject an animal in Mundika on Monday. Looking on Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi (left), CEC for Agriculture  Dr Moses Osia and  Chief Officer Richard Achiambo.

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