Free vaccination of livestock in Lamu county to kickoff on Sunday

Livestock in Lamu county PHOTO COURTESY

Lamu,KENYA:The county government of Lamu together with the national government will this month conduct a free vaccination exercise for all livestock in the county.

This is according to senior county  Vet Gichohi Mathenge who said the exercise which kicks off on Sunday majorly targets the herder community.

“All is set for the vaccination exercise to kick off. We will dispatch veterinary officers to areas like Bar’goni, Mpeketoni, Lake Amu, Hongwe, Lumshi, Pangani, Pandanguo, Witu and other areas of Lamu West. We will also go as far as Kiunga in Lamu East. These are areas mostly inhabited by pastoralists and we will ensure all their animals get vaccinated,” said Mathenge.

He called on all residents to render their cooperation in ensuring the exercise is a success.

“Many at times when we hold such exercises, people don’t turn up with their animals. The exercise is free of charge and I am appealing to all livestock owners to turn up in large numbers so that their animals get vaccinated to prevent infections,” said Mathenge.

The exercise which is fully sponsored by the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project targets to vaccinate over 50,000 heads of cattle against the Contagious Bovine Pleural Pneumonia-CBPP and over 40,000 goats and sheep against the Contagious Caprine Pleural Pneumonia-CCPP.

In total the exercise targets over 100,000 heads of livestock .