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FCTA Vaccinates 2m Livestock

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has flagged off the vaccination and treatment of two million livestock across the six area councils of the territory. Speaking during the flag off ceremony at Nyanya Veterinary Clinic in Abuja, on Tuesday, the Mandate Secretary Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, noted that the initiative would help to curb the outbreak and spread of diseases. Ibrahim explained that the exercise was necessary due to the growing importance of the livestock sector across the country. According to him, livestock is not just a source of food only but an economic value to farmers and the larger society. He said, “Our target is to specifically prevent the outbreak and spread of diseases such as the highly contagious bovine pleuropneumonia in cattle, rabies in dogs as well as the pest. “These diseases have a high mortality rate on livestock as well as posing a significant threat to public health safety of the residents.” Meanwhile, Ibrahim urged members of the public who own livestock to cooperate with the animal health officials for the free vaccination exercise which will last for two weeks in the first phase.

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