Gombe State Governor Flag Off Mass Vaccination of Livestock in the State

Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya on Tuesday 4th of February, 2020 in Gona, Akko Local Government Area of Gombe state launched the free vaccination exercise against Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) for cattle, sheep and goat in the eleven local government areas of the state.

The governor said during the flag off, that the exercise was meant to assist the herders while boosting the livestock subsector to contribute to the state and country at large. He urged the veterinary and livestock superintendents not to use the exercise as a means of exploiting the farmers while carrying out the vaccination process. He also promised to ensure the process becomes a yearly exercise.

Also speaking during the flag off ceremony, the Gombe State Commissioner for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Alhaji Mohammed Magaji Gettado said over one million cattle would be vaccinated in this year exercise. He added that the exercise was aimed at controlling transboundary animal diseases, CBPP and PPR which the state has been battling with in the last three years due to non-vaccination.

Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya (in Fulani cap) with automatic syringe flagging off the livestock vaccination in the state
Veterinary officers with some of the Fulani herders during the mass vaccination exercise

Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) are considered to be the most economically important livestock diseases in Nigeria and many regions of Africa. Direct economic implications of CBPP and PPR have been mainly attributed to their impact on production, notably mortality, poor weight gain, low milk yield and reduced working period of draught oxen. LIVESTONEWS.

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