HAFLONG, April 28 - Observing World Veterinary Day, the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department of Haflong in Dima Hasao district organised free anti-rabies vaccination and health check-up for dogs at the Sorkari Bagan campus on Saturday.
The day�s programme started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by TT Daulagupu, Secretary to Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department and Dairy Development Department and Planning Officer of NC Hills Autonomous Council.
TT Daulagupu attended the programme as the chief guest while Dr (Ms) L Vaiphei (Tuolor) District Disease Surveillance Officer and District Immunization Officer, Dima Hasao, attended as the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Daulagupu while appreciating the initiative of the department, however, lamented that its performance was not encouraging, and that it needed to work dedicatedly to improve its overall public image through much-needed programmes.
Dr (Ms) L Vaiphei in her speech explained the importance of vaccination and cited examples of human death caused by rabies and appealed to the people to avail the opportunity being provided by the department.
More than 100 pet dogs were vaccinated under the supervision of Dr Amit Phanglo and Dr Titus Thiek, besides providing medicines free of cost.
Earlier, all the guests were felicitated by officials of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department. Dr BK Kakati, District Veterinary Officer (incharge) said the department would be organising such camps in remote areas of Dima Hasao to create awareness among the masses about proper vaccination since the theme of World Veterinary Day this year is �Value of Vaccination.�
In Hailakandi: World Veterinary Day was observed in Hailakandi district in a befitting manner.
Coinciding with the occasion, the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department organised a treatment-cum- vaccination camp at Matijuri and Kanchanpur in which cattle were vaccinated by the veterinary doctors under the guidance of Dr Pranita Konwar.
Altogether, 262 cattle were treated for diarrhoea, vitamin deficiency, deworming and other diseases and 445 administered vaccine for foot and mouth disease.
In sync with the theme of World Veterinary Day this year, which is: �Value of Vaccination,� vaccines have turned out to be one of the most effective tools in any veterinarians� arsenal. Vaccines protect the health of animals and the livelihood of farmers.
Dr Rashid Ahmed Laskar, Regional Artificial Insemination Officer, Kuchila and Incharge, District Veterinary Officer said, �highly safe and efficacious, vaccines have contributed significantly to reducing the prevalence of many life- threatening diseases in animals and prevent transmission of spread of contagious diseases from animals to people and from animal to animal.�
He said the event also recognises the role played by veterinarians in leading the way in animal welfare advocacy through skills, knowledge and compassion of their profession.
�The skills, knowledge and compassion of the veterinarians have come to be acknowledged the world over and we should never be afraid to speak out on animal welfare issues,� opined Dr Laskar.
He said the mortality rate in terms of diseases is quite low in the district due to vaccination of animals from time to time. Only during floods the casualty is high, he remarked.
He disclosed that 90,000 vaccination and 55,000 PPR, also known as goat plague, has been done since last year. In this context, Dr Laskar revealed that Hailakandi emerged as No.1 district among the 115 aspirational districts of India insofar as vaccination, artificial insemination and tackling foot and mouth disease are concerned, for which it received an additional fund of Rs 12 crore from the Government of India for dairy development.
�Due to the initiative of Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and the synergistic approach of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Agriculture and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hailakandi has made it to the No.1 position among the aspirational districts of the country,� added Dr Laskar.