The number of animals being vaccinated during the first phase of the 6th annual vaccination drive carried out by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has reached 1651530, officials informed.
The drive which covered the whole geographical area of the emirate aimed at mainly checking the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)in sheep , goats and cows.
Goats were vaccinated against Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) disease too in the first phase which started in September and continued till November last year.
According to the figures at ADFCA, the number of goats which received this additional vaccination program amounts as 648195.
Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director of Communications& Community Service Division at ADFCA said a total of 137388 goats got vaccinated against CCPP in Abu Dhabi area while the staff carried out 141213 vaccinations in Western Region in addition to 369594 numbers done in Al Ain area.
He explained the number of animals received vaccination against FMD in Abu Dhabi area amounts as 349379 while the numbers figured as 370480 in Western Region and 931671 in Al Ain.
He said the second and third phases of the drive, which will continue till end of April this year, will focus on increasing the immunity of livestock against epidemics with the vaccinations will be carried out against FMD,CCPP Sheep and Goat Pox and Peste des petits ruminants (PPR),
He hoped ADFCA will extensively conduct vaccination drives breadth and width of the emirate throughout the current year to achieve targeted numbers and to full fill the 'protective immunity for all live stock' objective as prescribed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
He urged farm owners and other animal breeders in the emirate to offer complete cooperation with ADFCA veterinary vaccination teams to get the procedure done smoothly by ensuring that necessary preparations are completed before the visit of the teams which includes providing adequate number of helpers and fixing convenient place in the farm for vaccination procedures.
Further, he reminded the farmers that as the vaccination programs is now linked with the animal registration and identification system at ADFCA in the name of 'Tarqeem', animals that not yet registered and identified through it wouldn't be eligible for receiving vaccination.
He also pointed to the fact that one of the main reasons behind the spread of epidemics in the livestock is the practice of adding new animals to the stock without keeping them in the quarantine for the prescribed period.
He urged the farmers to be keen on applying instructions set by ADFCA, of which notifying the veterinary clinics before adding new stock is key, in order to avoid any risk pertaining to the health and safety of livestock.