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Reprieve for Turkana pastoralists asCounty establishes livestock drug store

By Moses Ochengo

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Turkana County has launched a veterinary store, that is expected to facilitate livestock vaccination of nomads who migrate for pasture between Ethiopia and South Sudan border.

The livestock store has been opened in Lokamarinyang village, near the Kenya-Ethiopia border by the Turkana County Government, in partnership with Vétérinaires sans Frontìeres Germany (VSFG) through the European Union Trust Fund funding.

Turkana County Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Benson Long’or revealed that the established store is located on a strategic pastoralists migratory route, making it easier to vaccinate as many nomads’ animals as possible Dr Long’or also said the Lokamarinyang village was earmarked by the surveillance teams from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) and the Centre for Livestock Development.

Dr Long’or further said that pastoralists interact at the border with various animals, making it easier for outbreak and spread livestock diseases.

“Being a cross-border area, we have prepositioned the drug store and equipped it with a cold chain to store necessary vaccines to control transboundary animal diseases such as anthrax, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP), peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as goat plague, and zoonotic diseases,” Dr Long’or said.

Decentralization of Extension services.

The newly-setup store will be supervised by the local a Elizabeth Lokolio, in a Public-Private Partnership arrangement. Ms Lokolio, who also owns an agrovet in the area, promised to liaise with local veterinary officers to provide accessible extension services to the locals.

Naamz Kaleng, a Lorumor local, said pastoralist residents at Kraals, which include Morutorong, Kadu, Lokwanamor, Ngang’ololin and Ng’isowa, will benefit from the devolved extension services.

Pastoral Economy executive Philip Aemun said the programme targets at achieving sustainable livestock health and increase pastoralists income.  

Mr Aemun reiterated that Turkan County Government remains committed to ensure devolution of extension services to prevent transborder animal diseases.  

He said that the establishment of the facility will help in providing accessible veterinary services, that will be handled by professionals in the private sector with support from county veterinary officers.

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