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Vaccination starts to prevent animals from Lumpy skin

RAWALPINDI: The Livestock Department in Rawalpindi has started the routine vaccination of animals to prevent cattle Lumpy skin disease.

According to a statement issued on Sunday, Deputy Director Livestock Rawalpindi Dr Sadia Ali started the campaign under the supervision of Director Breed Improvement Dr Ehtishamul Haq from Buffalo Colony Dhok Major.

Dr Sadia said the vaccine was being administered to animals free of charge and requested the farmers and livestock keepers to cooperate with the vaccinators for protecting their valuable animals.

Earlier, the Punjab government had provided a Rs 1.5 billion grant to prevent the second possible wave of lumpy skin disease in animals across Punjab.

Director of Livestock and Dairy Development Rawalpindi Division, Dr Sarfraz Ahmed Chatta, told the Media that the Punjab government had provided around 6 million doses of vaccination to control the virus effectively.

“Lumpy skin virus causes disease in cattle and some wild animals, reducing milk production, abortion and barrenness in animals,” he said adding that the disease was not transmissible to humans and milk and meat were safe for humans if used according to hygiene principles.

It may be mentioned that thousands of animals lost their lives due to lumpy skin disease last year, while the farmers and other people associated with the livestock businesses faced a huge loss.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.