Small Ruminant Plagues : Six million goats and sheep to be immunized

Six million goats and sheep in the Cameroon’s ten regions will be immunized against small and ruminant plagues from from October 20 -December 20.

A vaccination campaign to eradicate small and ruminant plagues in Cameroon was recently launched by the Minister of Fisheries Livestock and Animal Industries, Dr. Taiga, in the Centre Region.

Small ruminant plagues are parasites that affect the life and production of sheep and goats . Animals could die if not immunized on time. Experts say the dangerous plagues can transmitted to humans.

The vaccination is intended  protect livestock, which is a source of livelihood for most breeders. It will also bring down mortality among cattle, and improve the quality of meat.

Ahead of the campaign, veterinarians carried out a census in the country’s ten regions, get the exact number of animals that will be vaccinated, and the exact number of sheep and goats present in the country.

Veterinarians from the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Animal Industries will visit homes of animal breeders to immunize their animals.

The campaign which will run for two months, is the second in a series of three campaigns scheduled to run from 2019- 2021.

A total of 3.8 million animals were immunized during the first campaign  in 2019, the second is ongoing and the last one is planned for 2021.

Kathy Neba Sina 

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