Niger Government said that it has so far vaccinated 112, 000 livestock in the state to protect them against various killer diseases. Dr. Jonathan Wasa, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Livestock and Fishery made this known in Minna.
“The vaccination of animals is ongoing across Niger State, our Area Officers are in the villages and we are getting good feedback.
So far, we have vaccinated 112, 000 animals, including cattle, goats and sheep,’’ he said.
He also stated that the exercise which was inaugurated on Jan. 18, involved vaccination of cattle, goats, sheep, dogs, cats and poultry.
The permanent secretary said that at the end of the exercise,the total figure of animals and birds vaccinated would be made public.
Dr. Nma Sani, Director Veterinary Services in the ministry said the state has about two million cattle, adding that the exercise was targeting 500, 000.
Sani put the estimated population of goats and sheep in the state at 2.3 million and 2.1 million, respectively.
He listed some of the vaccines administered to the animals and birds as Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), Peste de Petit Ruminantes (PPR) fowl pox and New Castle Disease Vaccine (NCD) for poultry.