GUWAHATI, Oct 28 - Two separate daylong animal health-cum-awareness camps were organised recently by the Assam Agricultural University under one of its ongoing DBT-funded project, capacity building and awareness generation towards combating some microbial zoonotic infections through community participation in Kamrup and Lakhimpur districts.
In both the camps, awareness meetings were also held where Dr DP Bora, principal investigator of the DBT Project spoke about various zoonotic diseases which are transmitted from animals to human beings and vice-versa. He stated that prevention was better than cure and suggested to the villagers to go for vaccination of their livestock and pets.
Dr P Deka, assistant professor, Department of Microbiology and Dr LJ Dutta, subject matter apecialist, animal science, KVK Lakhimpur, emphasised the need for scientific livestock farming in the locality, a flood-prone area. They said healthy livestock could help farmers in earning cash during natural calamities.
Dr S Rahman, senior research fellow of the DBT Project spoke on the need for scientific farming management and advised the farmers to take utmost care of their livestock and pets for prevention and control of zoonotic infections, which could be transmitted through foods of animal origin, like meat, milk and egg.