Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Nagaland launches phase-II vaccination of food & mouth disease

The department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services (AH&VS) under the aegis of Nagaland Livestock Development Board (NLDB) officially launched the second phase of the scheme, “National Animal Disease Control Programme on Foot and Mouth Disease” (NADCP) on August 5.
According to a DIPR report, the vaccination mission was launched by AH&VS director, Dr. Nsanthung Ezung by tagging animals, vaccination, recording and data uploading into the INAPH portal at Nagaland Livestock Development Board office, Dairy Farm Complex, Lerie Kohima.
In his address, Dr. Nsanthung urged upon all the department officers and field staff to be sincere and to ensure vaccination of the entire eligible cattle and buffalo population against FMD in the state.
The disease is a highly contagious viral vesicular disease of cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and pigs etc., which leads to reduction in milk yield, decreased growth rate, infertility, reduced working capacity in bullocks, trade embargo in the international market, he informed.
Dr. Nsanthung also stated that control of FMD could be achieved by mass vaccination of susceptible livestock repeatedly at regular intervals till the incidence of the disease is decreased.
He urged upon the farmers to take benefit of programme and to vaccinate their livestock against FMD.
He also added that the mission could be accomplished only through cooperation from the district and village authorities.
In this regard, he requested them to extend support to the department while carrying out vaccination in their respective jurisdictions.
The programme was chaired by project director Dr. Kuokehebi Gwirie, keynote address from managing Nagaland Livestock Development Board director Dr. Salangtemjen.
The DIPR report informed that NADCP was launched by the prime minister on September 11, 2019, which envisages control of FMD and Brucellosis diseases in livestock by 2025 and freedom status by 2030.
The mission would culminate on October 4 as part of synchronised vaccination with a mandate to achieve 100% immunisation of bovine, caprine and ovine population in the state.

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