25 lakh doses for free mega vaccination of cattle for lumpy skin disease in Punjab

Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar, on Wedesday, said that the Punjab government has airlifted 25 lakh doses of Goat Pox vaccine to carry out free mega vaccination campaign for early prevention of cattle from lumpy skin disease (LSD).

He said, keeping in mind last year situation when state faced loss of livestock due to this disease spread in Punjab from neighbouring states, hence the state government has made foolproof strategy to ensure that this disease could not affect farming community, livestock and agri-subsidiary occupations in the state.

“Complying to the decision of the Group of Ministers constituted for the prevention of LSD and to make future strategy, the state level mega vaccination campaign will be started from February 15, 2023, said the Animal Husbandry Minister, adding that all arrangements have been made to carry out mega vaccination drive, which will last for about 45 days and free vaccination will be administered to all the cattle in the state till March 31, 2023.

Bhullar said that 25 lakh vaccine doses have been procured from government institution i.e. “Telangana State Veterinary Biological and Research Institute, Hyderabad”. These doses have been stored at Punjab Veterinary Vaccine Institute, Ludhiana for dispatching to all districts of the state easily. He said that special care has been ensured to maintain the cold chain for the quality of the vaccine while transporting the vaccine from Telangana.

FOOLPROOF ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEGA VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

Animal Husbandry Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar said that for effective implementation of the vaccination campaign, a Joint Director level officer will be appointed as a nodal officer at directorate level, who will monitor day-to-day progress and maintain coordination with other staff.

He said that in order to strengthen the administrative structure of the department to carry out vaccination drive effectively, 77 Veterinary Officers were promoted as Senior Veterinary Officers/Assistant Directors in December 2022.

Lumpy Skin Disease had prevaled among cattle in the state on a large scale in July 2022. About 1.75 lakh cattle were affected across the state and about 18 thousand cattle died during this period.

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