Free drugs to Turkana livestock keepers
Welthungerhilfe (WHH) Organization is providing free drugs worth 1.9 million to more than 300 livestock keepers in Turkana West Sub- County.
Welthungerhilfe, a Germany-based organization engages in activities aimed at fighting hunger in achieving Sustainable Development Goal no 2 ‘zero hunger.
The organization through funding from GIZ- (an organization that helps Germany achieve its goals in International Cooperation for Sustainable Development) has been implementing projects to mitigate corona pandemic effects in Turkana west from September 2020 to April 2021.
The implementation of the project is focused on different sectors of the economy which are viable in the region such as livestock keeping, agriculture, water, nutrition, and income generation to the local community.
The free drugs provided will complement the county government’s efforts to promote livestock health through vaccination and treatment programs.
Speaking in support of the initiative, the Turkana County Director for Veterinary services appreciated the organization for the drug aid noting that the targeted vaccination and treatment programs are in tandem with the government’s support to the farmers for healthy livestock.
The County Director, Dr. Longor said the county government was putting in place measures to scale up disease control and outbreak in the county.
This was through Community Disease Reporters and E -Surveillance Systems that had reduced livestock deaths as compared to the past.
He added that the Veterinary Officers in the county will coordinate the exercise through livestock extension officers. The process will be targeting endemic diseases affecting livestock such as Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia, worms, and Mange.
Speaking during the event, Welthungerhilfe Head of Lodwar field office, Benedict Mailu said the organization will continue supporting sustainable development initiatives to the communities in the county. He noted
that most initiatives under the Covid-19 support program have been implemented such as distribution of seeds, tools, food cash vouchers, livestock feeds as well as cash for work for the rehabilitation of farms.