Chief Minister emphasises to take immediate action for free vaccination of cattle in the villages within a radius of five kilometres of the affected villages
Gandhinagar, Tuesday: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel conducts a high-level meet in Gandhinagar to review the current status of Lumpy Skin Disease in livestock of the state.
Lumpy disease cases have been recorded in 15 districts of the state. The Chief Minister gave instructions for free comprehensive vaccination of cattle in the villages within five kilometres radius of the affected village in the districts where livestock cases of this disease have been reported.
He advised to take immediate action in this regard in campaign mode. He further directed the Department of Animal Husbandry to carry out emergency treatment and advisory vaccination operations on a war footing especially in the affected districts and to ensure that all necessary resources are available for this. To ensure that this disease doesn’t spread further he has directed to take all necessary control measures in the affected area.
Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease of cattle and buffaloes. The epidemic has been observed in 1126 villages of Jamnagar, Kutch, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Morbi, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Botad, Gir Somnath, Banaskantha, Surat and Patan districts and a total of 41,243 cattle in these districts have been affected by the epidemic.
To prevent the spread of the disease among the healthy animals, the diseased animals are immediately isolated and by now 3.10 lakh healthy animals have been vaccinated in the affected villages of these districts.
In this high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Shri Raghavji Patel, Minister of State Shri Devabhai Malam, Chief Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary Shri Mukesh Puri, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri Pankaj Joshi and senior secretaries also joined.
The information that 152 veterinary officers and 438 livestock inspectors have been assigned to the affected villages for the purpose of Lumpy Skin Disease survey, vaccination and treatment operations, was shared in the meet.
Before the Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel, the Department of Animal Husbandry made a detailed presentation of the measures taken to control and treat Lumpy Skin Disease and said that the services of 269 additional mobile veterinary clinics and Karuna Ambulance are being taken in the affected areas.
Apart from this, the manpower of local administrative system and co-operative dairy will also be used as per requirement.
It was also informed in this meeting that the services of animal husbandry department officials have been made available 24×7 on the toll free number 1962 of the control room of GVK-EMRI for the queries arising regarding this lumpy skin disease and the necessary information about the disease.
In this meeting, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel specially emphasized on the measures to prevent the epidemic in livestock by following the guidelines issued by the Government of India for the control of this disease. In the districts where this epidemic has been seen widely, instructions have also been given to control disease vectors like ticks, flies, fleas, mosquitoes. It has also been urged to clean and disinfect the places that come in contact with animals, manger and vehicles.
Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Shri Raghavji Patel giving more details about the work done by Animal Husbandry Division regarding this disease said that in this regard, emphasis has been placed on the survey, control and awareness of this disease among the cattle breeders with the support of the local administrative system.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat