Adamawa govt., ICRC vaccinate 360,927 animals – Director

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Adamawa Government, in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross Society (ICRC), said they have vaccinated 367,927 animals against contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and Pests de Petit ruminantium (PPR).

Dr Emmanuel Medugu, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry for Livestock and Aquaculture Development, Adamawa, disclose this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Friday.

He said that 159,798, which were cattle, were vaccinated against contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and 208,129, which were Sheep and goats, were vaccinated against Pests de Petit ruminantium (PPR).

Medugu added that 400,000 animals were targeted for vaccination in seven Local Government Areas of the state.

He said to ensure the effectiveness of the vaccine, ICRC leased the company responsible for producing the vaccination and took blood sample of 10,000 animals to produce vaccines that would protect the animals against such diseases.

The director said that the exercise have been completed in the southern zone while it will kick off in the northern zone by December.

He commended ICRC for providing assorted drugs and vaccines among other equipment to be used by veterinary clinics across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

He said that a stakeholders` meeting was held to sensitise cattle owners to the need to ensure that their cattle are vaccinated.

Medugu called on the cattle owners in the northern zone to be prepared and make their animals available for the exercise. (NAN)

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