Puntland campaign to prevent spread of livestock diseases among herds migrating from drought

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Sawirka waxaan ka helnay wasaaradda xannaanada xoolaha Puntland Photo | Photo from Puntland livestock ministry showing livestock treatment team at work

Radio Ergo 09 February, 2017 GAROWE


(ERGO) - Pastoralists who migrated with their weakened livestock to parts of north-eastern Somalia that received some rainfall in December have welcomed a 10-day veterinary campaign to treat sick animals, organised by the Puntland authorities.

The director of Puntland’s livestock ministry, Dr Abdirahman Mohamed Jama, told Radio Ergo his teams treated 257, 962  goats and camels belonging to 3,042 families who were displaced by the drought from Bari, Nugal, Sool, Sanag, Togdher, Mudug and Galgadud regions, and some from the Somali regional state of neighbouring Ethiopia.

The veterinary teams visited 96 places in coastal parts of Sanag, and Bari and Nugal that had received an influx of herders in order to prevent the spread of diseases, notably filariasis (a parasitic disease), tick-borne disease, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) and measles.

The director said they took blood samples from livestock to test for any new diseases resulting from the drought conditions.

“We treated those animals that we thought were in need of immediate rescue,” the director said, adding that this exercise supported by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation was limited in scope. A wider 40-day campaign to treat and vaccinate millions of animals is planned to start later this month across Puntland.

Ali Saed Abdi, a pastoralist, told Radio Ergo 30 of his goats had died of diseases during the month he had been staying in Elayo in the coastal area of Sanag, 70 km from Bosaso.  He was happy that his remaining 40 goats were treated by a livestock ministry team for various diseases.

Ali, who migrated from Dahar district in Sanag, said his area had suffered drought since the end of 2015 and he had lost 300 animals.

Dahir Mohamed Jama, 40, who migrated to Hubabbeys in Isku-shuban district in Bari from Erigavo in Sanag, told Radio Ergo the veterinary treatment arrived when they needed it most as animals were dying.

“I hope this will help to reduce the deaths of our animals,” he told Radio Ergo by phone.

He said 50 goats in the herd he was looking after had died in the past three weeks from CCPP and ‘caalka.’ Altogether he had lost half of his herd of 200 goats.  

Puntland’s disaster management agency estimated around five million animals, mainly goats, have been brought to the regions that received some ‘deyr’ rainfall last year.

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