Eastern Equatoria State Government Moves To Stem Disease Outbreak

The Eastern Equatoria State Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries Veterinary Officer Dr Hitler Johntana at a previous vaccination campaign in Torit. [Gurtong]

The State Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries will vaccinate cattle in Kapoeta East, North, South, Budi and Torit Counties against East Coast Fever and Rinderpest.

The State Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries Hassan Urbano Alex told the press that the campaign being funded by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO launched last week seeks to stem the disease threats in the state.

He elaborated the measures put in place ahead of the exercise, including the purchase of generators to facilitate storage of vaccines using refrigerators purchased by FAO.

“This vaccination campaign is being conducted to prevent an outbreak of the disease as it occurred last year where close to 1,000 animals in Bur Payam, Torit County and 3,074 animals in Lodot in Kapoeta East were hit. Over 150 animals died”, he said.

The State Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries Veterinary Officer Dr Hitler Johntana has appealed to all pastoralist communities in the counties to avail their livestock for vaccination.

He cautioned that if not handled properly the highly infectious animal diseases could wipe out herds of animals.

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