On Monday, Atal Dulloo, Jammu and Kashmir’s Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of the Agriculture Production Department (APD) presided over a conference to discuss the progress made in preventing the spread of lumpy skin disease.
The meeting was attended both in person and via video conferencing by the Secretary APD, Special Secretary APD, Director Finance APD, Director Animal Husbandry, representatives from SKUAST Jammu and Kashmir, the Joint Director ARV R S PURA, the Joint Director IAH and BP Zakura, Srinagar, and the Chief Animal Husbandry Officers from all districts.
A PowerPoint presentation was shown during the conference, outlining the current situation with lumpy skin disease in each district, as well as the actions being taken to combat it, such as immunisation, medication use, vaccine procurement, and the collecting of samples for laboratory analysis.
The chaos from both the regions elaborated on the actions taken so far, explaining how they have been guided by experts, scientists and a task force.
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It was reported that numerous Lumpy Skin Disease Awareness Camps are being established with the assistance of local PRIs and others.
Experts, scientists, and members of the Task Force all contributed ideas and suggestions at the meeting, which was held to stem the spread of the disease. According to specialists and scientists, this week saw the addition of 48 new epicentres in the Jammu division.
To stop the sickness from spreading further, ACS has requested that the police maintain a tight leash on the movement of animals and vaccinate as many migrating animals as possible. He emphasised the significance of fogging and asked for the maximum number of field employees to be involved to guarantee adequate fogging in rural and far-flung locations during the vaccination drive.
Dulloo also emphasised sticking closely to treatment protocols as outlined by the Indian government. He gave orders for authorities to make sure that teams of experts from SKUAST Jammu travel to Udhampur, Reasi, and Poonch to assess the situation there.
He also said that an assessment team from SKUAST Kashmir would be making the trip to Kupwara. He urged the appropriate personnel to follow the government of India’s recommendations for controlling the outbreak to the letter.
To combat the spread as quickly and efficiently as possible, ACS also inquired about pharmaceutical availability and instructed both Directors to make sure all affected locations had access to the necessary medications. He gave the CAHOs orders to vaccinate between 2,000 and 3,000 animals each day across the board.
To educate farmers about Lumpy Skin Disease, he ordered a public education campaign to be launched, complete with door-to-door inspections and visits from field employees.
As was previously reported, out of a total of 38083 animals diagnosed with Lumpy Skin Disease, 28619 have shown signs of improvement. In addition, it was revealed that 213250 dosages had been given to cattle all across J&K.
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