ICRC kicks off vaccination of 1.3m cattles, small ruminants in Adamawa

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has today kicked off the vaccination of 1.3 million cattles and small ruminants in Gongoshi grazing reserve, Adamawa State.

According to the livestock officer of ICRC, in Nigeria, Elisha John, the vaccination will cover Mubi, Mayo Belwa and Jada local governments.

He noted that the three local government were chosen because they host a number of displaced pastoralists affected by communal conflict.

John noted that during the last year’s exercise, over half million animals were vaccinated in Jada and Mayo Belwa local governments covering about 5,000 households.

“Last year, the state ministry of Livestock facilitated close to half million animals belonging to more than 5,000 households. The animals were vaccinated against endemic diseases such as CBPP, PPR and these are diseases that have been of serious concern to the herders because it causes mortality and depletion of household income.

“This year as you can see, the herders because of the benefit of last year’s vaccination which resulted to decrease in the prevalence of such diseases they are more than willing to get their animals vaccinated.

“So we are here to start the vaccination targeting 1.3 million animals in Adamawa State, in Jada and Mayo Belwa axes we will cover 800,000 animals and in Mubi axis we will cover 500,000 animals.

“The objective of the exercise is to protect the livestock asset of both displaced and resident pastoralists, agro pastoralists and other resident livestock keepers so as to ensure they are protected against these pandemic diseases.

“So this is what translated to what we called improved animal health and productivity. The move will increase household income as well as food security,” he said.

He noted that the pastoralists have shown tremendous interest in the ongoing vaccination this year due to the massive success of the exercise last year.

“Based on result of last year which led to decrease of about 40 percent we want to achieve more this year by targeting 1.3m this year.

“Last year was our starting year and we encountered low turn out and trust issues. This year we did more grassroot mobilization and also organized a workshop were we engaged stakeholders from different sectors of the livestock value chain especially the Ardos and people from ministry of Livestock,” he said.

He thanked the state government for its unrelenting support to the exercise noting that the government has been supportive with sensitization and provision of HR services.

In his speech shortly after declaring the exercise open, the permanent secretary, ministry of Livestock and Aquaculture development, Eng Mahmuda Ahmed Mshelia commended ICRC for the intervention which he said has turned around the fortunes of the pastoralists.

“We commend the ICRC in getting the vaccination done. They have done virtually everything, the vaccines and everything have been purchased by ICRC. they have done it for years. The vaccination is for small animals and big animals for pneumonia,” he said.

He noted that the state government has been complementing the efforts of ICRC in mass mobilization of households as well as organizing workshops for stakeholders adding that the state government is also planning to commence mass vaccination of animals across the 21 local governments of the state.

Mshelia who expressed happiness with the massive turn out of the pastoralists said it was an indication of the success of last year’s exercise.

Also speaking, Alhassan Musa, sectional head livestock Mayo Belwa LG said the exercise which is intended to cover 800,000 animals will last for three weeks.

“There are two teams of about 6 people 120 biles for the large animals and 80 biles for the small animals. It will start today 13 October end on 5 November 2022.

He noted that the exercise is successful because the vaccination being administered is potent and in sound condition. He advised the pastoralists against buying such vaccination from the black market as most of such vaccines have expired.

Musa noted that such practice has led to the death of many animals in the past calling on the pastoralists to utilize the opportunity given by ICRC for optimal use.

Also speaking, the leader of the pastoralists of Kwanar Lauje, Ardo Abbo Musa Buba thanked ICRC for the intervention adding that the vaccination is administered on the animals free of charge.

He noted that there is a drastic reduction of diseases afflicting their animals which informed the massive participation of his people this year.

The traditional ruler said the people will remain eternally grateful to ICRC for the good job it is doing at enhancing the economy of his people.

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