Ikore, a non-governmental organization has in collaboration with the Bauchi State Government launched a vaccination campaign against Newcastle for ruminant animals in the state.
The programme which has funding from an EU civil society organisation is being implemented by Ikore through the National Veterinary Research Institute Vom, Plateau State.
Mr. Jakaya Barnabas Tanko, the crusader of the campaign, stated this during the official launching of the campaign in Marararaba Liman Katagum.
He said that the health and wellbeing of domestic animals are critical to that of the family and humanity in general.
“It is designed especially for indigenous birds like fowls, pigeons, ducks and turkeys against Newcastle and other common birds’ diseases. Small ruminants are also vaccinated against their common diseases. Even this catarrh you see with goats and sheep, because sometimes you see mucus on their noses and eyes, there is vaccine.
“There are six communities in Bauchi state where our campaign has reached which include Tirwum, Mararaba here, Dot in Dass LG, Tafawa Balewa and other communities,” Mr Jakaya explained.
Abdullahi Isah Baraya, the Village Head of Marararaba expressed delight saying that the programme is a timely and welcome development.
He said it will create awareness and improve the health of the animals in the community. He therefore called on the people of Mararaba to embrace the program and wished the campaign initiators the best.
Idris Sa’idu is one of the beneficiaries of the program stated that they have been using the vaccine for over three years and they recorded amazing successes.
Mr. Sa’idu then called on the people of the community to reciprocate the gesture by availing all their animals for the vaccination so that the effect would be holistic.
Newcastle and other common diseases kill thousands of domestic birds in various communities annually hence adding more adversities to people in the societies.