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Vets vaccinate over 20,000 Mwandi cows

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE veterinary office in Western Province has completed the vaccination of over 20,000 cows against foot and mouth disease in Mwandi district.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock’s Department of Veterinary Services completed the vaccination of about 26,524 animals in Mwandi last week.
The anti-foot and mouth disease exercise, which started on June 10, covered Mwandi, Sankolonga and Magumwi camps, while a partial exercise in Masese area was also conducted.
Mwandi district veterinary officer, Musalwe Saisha said the ministry took a comprehensive exercise to reduce the foot and mouth disease prevalence in Mwandi.
Dr Saisha said Mwandi received a total amount of 27,000 doses of vaccine.
“There was a high turnout of cattle farmers in Mwandi and Magumwi veterinary camps, which led to some cattle not being vaccinated,” he said.
He said the ministry did not know the exact number of cattle on the ground, hence not having adequate vaccines.
Dr Saisha has since called for a livestock census exercise in the four camps to extend the foot and mouth disease vaccination exercise to ranchers who were left out.




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