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Tana River launches livestock vaccination campaign

Tana River County Government has launched a 22 days livestock vaccination and treatment campaign that targets 70 per cent of its livestock population.

County Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Paul Mwamburi, said they have adequate doses for the exercise which will be carried out in three Sub – counties. The campaign targets areas with large herd of livestock.

Tana River County Director of Veternirary Services Dr. Paul Mwamburi. Photo by by Sadik Hassan

“We will administer vaccines on Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) for cows, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) for goats, Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) for goats and sheep and Newcastle Disease (NCD) for chickens,’’ said Dr Mwamburi.

Dr. Mwamburi added that Newcastle Disease has affected many poultry farmers in Tana River. The campaign is carried out in conjunction with Groots Kenya.

“We have 300,000 doses for Newcastle Disease and Tana River County has around 100,000 chickens. The 300,000 doses will cater for all chickens free of charge,’’ added Dr Mwamburi.

Noting that the County is susceptible to Rift Valley Fever (RVF), the County Director said the County will conduct a second vaccination campaign to administer vaccines against RVF.

The Director added that Trypanosomiasis disease which is mainly transmitted by tsetse flies has also been a challenge to farmers. The disease is common in the Tana Delta Sub County and doesn’t have a vaccine.

By   Sadik Hassan

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