Second-round FMD vaccination in Kavango East ends successfully

04 Sep 2013 03:50
MUKWE, 04 SEP (NAMPA) - The second round of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccination in the Kavango East Region’s Mukwe and Ndiyona Constituencies covered about 28 000 cattle.
The one-month vaccination campaign was conducted in July this year, with over 90 per cent coverage of cattle in these two constituencies.
Rundu State veterinarian, Dr Thompson Shuro described the FMD vaccination campaign as having been very successful, and thanked cattle farmers for their cooperation during the campaign.
He told Nampa on Wednesday that farmers heeded the call to ensure that their cattle were brought for vaccinations.
The State Veterinarian said what made the campaign a success was the fact that most of the cattle were not grazing very faraway from crash pans due to the ongoing drought.
The campaign kicked off in the Mukwe Constituency before moving on to the Ndiyona Constituency, managing to vaccinate over 28 000 cattle out of the 30 000 targeted.
About 30 farms and 40 communities in the Ndiyona Constituency were covered, while in the Mukwe Constituency, the campaign covered 55 communities.
As was the case with the first round of the vaccination campaign, six teams with four labourers each, headed by veterinary technicians, conducted the vaccination.
Mobile crash pans were used in communities which do not have fixed crash pans, or where this equipment is in an irreparable state.
The first round of the FMD vaccination campaign was conducted in February and March this year.
The vaccination will be conducted in six months’ time again as the vaccine used only remains active for six months.
The FMD vaccination campaign is one strategy aimed at ensuring that the disease is completely eradicated.
Cattle in the two constituencies have been vaccinated every year since then.
In July 2008, an FMD outbreak was detected at the Kamutjonga village, situated some 225 kilometres east of Rundu in the Mukwe Constituency.
The outbreak was suspected to have been transmitted by buffaloes from the nearby Mahango Game Park.