Hailakandi: World Veterinary Day was observed in Hailakandi district in a befitting manner. Coinciding with the occasion, the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary organized a treatment cum vaccination camp at Matijuri and Kanchanpur in which herd of cattle were given vaccination by the veterinary doctors under the guidance of Dr. Pranita Konwar. Altogether 262 cattle were treated for diarrhoea, vitamin deficiency, deworming and other diseases and 445 administered vaccine for foot and mouth disease.
The theme of the World Veterinary Day this year is ‘Value of Vaccination’. Vaccines have turned out to be one of the most effective tools in any veterinarian’s arsenal. Vaccines protect the health of animals and the livelihood of farmers. Dr.Rashid Ahmed Laskar, Regional Artificial Insemination Officer, Kuchila and Incharge, District Veterinary Officer said, “Highly safe and efficacious, vaccines have contributed significantly to reducing the prevalence of many life threatening diseases in animals and prevent transmission of spread of contagious diseases from animals to people and from animal to animal.”
He said the event also recognises the role played by veterinarians in leading the way in animal welfare advocacy through skills, knowledge and compassion of their profession.
“The skills, knowledge and compassion of the veterinarians have come to be acknowledged the world over and we should never be afraid to speak out on animal welfare issues,” opined Dr.Laskar.
Dr.Laskar said the mortality rate in terms of diseases is quite low in the district due to vaccination of animals from time to time and only during flooding the casualty is high. He disclosed that 90,000 vaccination and 55,000 PPR, also known as goat plague, done since last year. In this context, Dr.Laskar revealed that Hailakandi emerged as no.1 district among the 115 aspirational districts of India in so far as vaccination, artificial insemination and tackling foot and mouth disease are concerned, for which it received an additional fund of Rs.12 crore from Government of India for diary development. “Due to the initiative of DC, Keerthi Jalli and the synergistic approach of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Agriculture and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hailakandi has made it to no.1 position among the aspirational districts of the country, “ added Dr. Laskar.
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