Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) launched, Saturday, the 9th vaccination campaign against diseases affecting animals for the year 2017-2018, as part of its protective campaigns offered to livestock breeders in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra.
The official spokesperson of ADFCA, Thamer Al Qasimi, said that this campaign has four stages. "The first stage is to administer the first vaccination dose to sheep and goats against Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), he said, adding that vaccinations will be given to cows, sheep and goats against Foot and Mouth disease (FMD), as well as against crystalline inflammation in goats, in the second stage.
"The third stage will see the second dose of vaccination being given against PPR, while the fourth stage includes the second dose of vaccination against FMD," Al Qasimi stated.
"This campaign precedes seasons that witness the emergence and proliferation of the most common and dangerous diseases on animal health," he clarified. "The aim of the campaign is to protect the animal wealth from epidemic diseases by reducing the outbreak of infections, increasing animal's immunity, decreasing the need to use veterinary medicines, eradicating long-term diseases, maintaining animal resources, and increasing the economic return of livestock breeders," said ADFCA's spokesperson.
Al Qasimi indicated that the vaccination campaigns, since its launch, have contributed significantly in eradicating smallpox disease. "It has also helped in decreasing seasonal diseases that can infect animals and limited their spread, he stressed, adding that 5 million doses have been given to animals against different diseases since the beginning of the campaign in 2009.
He also called on livestock breeders to co-operate with ADFCA's veterinary staff by arranging for the necessary workers, preparing the animals for the process of vaccination, and numbering before the veterinary doctor's visit to the farm, which decreases the exhaustion of animals and helps officials to offer the best services. "The campaign, which continues to the end of May 2018, will vaccinate over three million cattle against aphthous fever, crystalline inflammation and PPR, in line with the national plan for animal health 2015-2025 and ADFCA's strategic plan 2016-2020," he explained.
Al Qasimi stressed the importance of vaccinating livestock according to the vaccination program approved by ADFCA, which helps to protect animals and reduces epidemic diseases that can infect them. He also stressed the importance of adhering to ADFCA's awareness programs, by livestock breeders, and making sure of the animals' safety before introducing them in the herd to avoid the proliferation of diseases. He further called on livestock breeders to communicate with the nearest veterinary clinic to determine a date to benefit from the vaccination campaign.