Kenya’s Garissa County embarks on animal vaccination campaign
The Garissa County government in Kenya, in collaboration with Save The Children, has launched a joint mass vaccination campaign of animals in Balambala sub-county.
The campaign will see over 150,000 cows, goats, sheep, camels and donkeys vaccinated. According to Agriculture and Livestock CEC Mohamed Shale, the exercise was necessitated by a recent outbreak of multiple diseases in the sub-county.
The vaccination exercise would help stop the spread of diseases that occur when herders move their animals from market to market and also when they search for pasture and water. Shale said the county government will provide technical personnel, vehicles and vaccines while Save The Children will provide fuel and pay allowances for personnel carrying out the exercise.
Community-based disease surveillance efforts
The NGO also donated 15 portable cold chain storage coolers for safe storage of vaccines during livestock vaccination in the field. Meanwhile, Save The Children has donated 15 Oppo A54 smartphones to the livestock department to support community disease surveillance efforts.
Shale said the donation would go a long way to helping the department build its capacity to intervene in areas that previously posed a challenge to conducting proper disease surveillance and control.
Elsewhere, the county’s water department has also benefited from the donation of a delagua kit and its consumables which it will use to test water quality in various boreholes across the county.
Water manager Ahmed Abdi Noor thanked Save The Children for the generous gesture, noting that teams will be sent to the field immediately with the kit to begin work. They will test water quality in boreholes recently rehabilitated and solarized by Save The Children in Kone, Dololo Mindi, Bothai, Ali Emij, Nanighi and the recently rehabilitated one in Jambele.