SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
OVER 300,000 cattle and 700,000 chickens have been vaccinated against livestock diseases by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock in Southern Province.
Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba confirmed the
development in an interview in Livingstone recently stating that the vaccinations are all in an effort to reduce animal diseases in the province.
Mr Simuchoba said Government is committed to ensure livestock diseases are reduced to help increase the number of animals in the province.
He said animal vaccinations are needed to respond to future infectious threats to human and animal health for the benefit of the country’s economy.
“About 340,407 cattle were vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease and 779,900 chickens were vaccinated against new castle disease.”
“Vaccinations offer one of the best long-term solutions for effective prevention of existing and emerging infectious animal diseases today, and in the future,” he said.
Mr Simuchoba said animals carry infectious agents that can be transmitted to people, and vaccines are one way to manage them.
He said livestock vaccination is also aimed at reducing transmission of the infectious agent between animal hosts, which lowers the number of infected animals that could sometimes pass the infection to people.
“Vaccinations are cardinal in that they create a transmission barrier to infection when domestic animals act as an intermediary between wildlife and people, which is important because people have much more frequent and close contact with their livestock,” he said.
Mr Simuchoba also said Government has awarded tenders for the construction of 90 dip tanks, and that most contractors are at mobilization stage.
He also said various positive strides have been made in the development of the agriculture sector in the province so as to contribute to the country’s economic development.