Yobe vaccinates 5m livestock
From Sani Gaza’s Chinade, Damaturu
More than five million livestock in Yobe State are to receive free vaccination between November last year to the end of January. Under the programme, the government is targeting 1.5million heads of cattle, 2.5million sheep and goats and 3,000 dogs.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Governor Mai Mala Buni said the provision of free drugs and vaccines to animals has become a tradition in the state due to its large number of livestock.
The Governor said animal diseases and malnutrition have equally continued to impede livestock development not only in Yobe but the country in general.
He said choosing this period of the year to vaccinate livestock against diseases has been deliberate as pastoralists move around the entire West African region in search of pasture and water.
“This is the time which spread of Trans Boundary Animal Disease (TADS) to other places is becoming rampant. It is also intended to meet the demand of International Epizootics Organization (IEO) as a step towards promoting international participation in livestock marketing and trade,” he added.
One of the beneficiaries, Adamu Lamido, a cattle owner said he always utilises this opportunity as it comes only once in a year.
He said that they used to lose hundreds of livestock to animal diseases before the emergence of the state’s annual vaccination.
Lamido said he mobilised over 20 herders from around his village not to travel until they get their cattle vaccinated.
Another beneficiary, Aliyu Mode said as a Fulani man, the health of livestock is as significance as that of human being.
He said Yobe is one of the few states that support pastoralists with free vaccines.
Mode commended the government and urged all pastoralists to take their livestock to the nearest vaccination centre.
The Programme Manager, Dr. Mustapha Abba Geidam, said the purpose of the vaccination is to safeguard the health of the livestock, boost their immunity and protect them against diseases.
He said harmattan is the safe period for the drugs as it will stay fresh because of the low temperature.