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Animal vaccination against lumpy skin disease and rabies launched in Kisii County

The Veterinary Department in Bomachoge Chache Sub-County in Kisii County has launched a livestock and pet vaccination exercise to fight against Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) and rabies.

The vaccination exercise which started last week is expected to end on Wednesday in a bid to control the spread of disease in the county.

Peter Motoki a veterinary officer in Bomachoge Chache said residents should bring the animals for the vaccination.

“We engaged local authorities like sub-chiefs, school heads and the clergy to communicate to the locals about the exercise, turn out indicates that communication did not reach everybody,” said Motoki.

Kisii County residents are advised to vaccinate their livestock because once they get infected by the disease it will be very expensive to treat them compared to the cost of vaccination.

“Treating a cow infected by lumpy skin disease would cost a farmer not less than Shs 500 while sorting out hospital bills of an individual bitten by a dog that has not been vaccinated against rabies would cost more than Shs 10,000. It is therefore logical for locals to bring their animals for vaccination,” added Motoki.

Residents are to pay Shs 50  per cow while cats and dogs will cost Shs 70 shillings,  so far  1800 animals have been vaccinated.

By Shadrack Mogaka

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