The Turkana County Directorate of Veterinary services has so far treated more than 27,000 goats and sheep against Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) locally known as “Lomoo” in a two week long exercise that started last week.
At Kamuge and Ngilukia Vilages in Turkana East Sub-County, the County Veterinary officers vaccinated 3,904 sheep and goats against PPR with another number of livestock totaling 1,562 receiving vaccination on Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia .
The County Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Benson Longor said the exercise targetted to prevent spread of diseases as well as increase livestock production in the County through regular treatment and monitoring.
Additionally, Dr. Longor said the mass treatment, deworming and vaccination exercise that is being conducted in all sub-counties is expected to cover more than 500,000 livestock.
He noted that mobilization of pastoralists in Kibish Sub-County has been completed with mass treatment starting at Ekicheles tomorrow. More than 150 heads of cattle have been treated at Meyan, Maisa and Napeikar in Turkana North Sub-County.
In Turkana South, more than 3000 goats and sheep have been vaccinated against PPR with the Veterinary officers attached to the Sub-County ferrying mobile crushes to Juluk and Akou Ekile villages to enable treatment of kraals that are situated in the riverine areas.
Some 61 households at Nanam in Turkana West have benefited from the exercise that has seen vaccination of more than 10,000 goats.
By Peter Gitonga