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 diseases, adding 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.