SWAT: Senior Veterinary Officer Swat, Dr Sardar Ali on Wednesday said that steps have been taken to control Congo virus and lumpy skin in Swat.
“Vaccination and surveillance are being carried out through 10 check-posts and two mobile units,” he informed and added that 9,833 animals have been sprayed with anti-ticks liquid besides loader vehicles and areas have also been sprayed at 2,490 spots.
Dr Sardar Ali said that public awareness is also going on and 748 sessions have been held to sensitize the public to take precautionary measures. Explaining the statistics, he said that amid a report of 29 cases of lumpy skin, 3,600 animals have been vaccinated, whereas no Congo virus so far reported in the district. He said that apart from check-posts, spray and other services are also being provided door-to-door and in cattle markets.
On the occasion, District Livestock Officer Dr Sar Beland Khan appealed to the people to take precautionary measures in view of the spread of lumpy skin. He said that Eidul Azha was approaching and precaution was needed in the care and sale of animals. Dr Sar Beland said that people should keep a proper distance from animals in cattle markets and clean hands in case of contact. He said that taking children to cattle markets should be avoided.