Kibwana commissions drive to vaccinate 200,000 livestock

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KALRO-Kiboko: 5. 6. 2018

At least 200,000 heads of livestock in Makueni county will in the next four days be vaccinated and treated against possible diseases occasioned by the recent floods that hit the county.

The initiative, commissioned by governor Kivutha Kibwana at the KALRO-Kiboko grounds, is driven by the World Animal Protection and the University of Nairobi.

Nairobi University’s Veterinary Emergency Response Unit coordinator and veterinary medicine lecturer Prof. Henry Mutembei said the campaign will be steered by a team of 75 volunteers from the department working hand in hand with staff from the county government.

Mutembei said this team is the first batch in Africa trained on animal disaster response and will in the process help in capacity building of the county’s livestock staff who will continue helping farmers deal with similar emergencies.

Governor Kibwana applauded World Animal Protection saying the organisation has in the past partnered with the county government in vaccination of dogs with a view to eradicating rabies from the county.

He also said the county is working with the University of Nairobi to develop dry land agricultural research and training at Kibwezi where the university owns a 10,000-acre piece of land.

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