(NAIS) The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock will vaccinate 56,500 cattle against the East Coast Fever commonly known as corridor disease in Southern province.

Southern Province Veterinary Officer, WILFRED TEMBO says the first round vaccination of cattle against the disease will be done to calves in the ten districts of the province.

Dr. TEMBO named the endemic districts mostly affected by the disease as Chikankata, Mazabuka, Monze, Gwembe, and Choma.

He has told NAIS that the other districts are Itezhi-tezhi, Pemba, Namwala, Kalomo, and Zimba.

And Choma district Senior Livestock Officer JERICHO SAKWANDA said his district is targeting to immunize 10,000 calves in 16 veterinary camps.

Meanwhile, Veterinary Assistant in Gamela Camp SUZAN CHILESHE says the pre campaign meetings done by the ministry to livestock farmers have revealed that 980 to 1000 calves will be vaccinated in the camp.

Ms. CHILESHE noted that animals that have been immunised are easy to treat compared to animals that have not been immunised.

And, Senior Research Scientist in Charge of the Provincial Diagnostic Veterinary Laboratory in Choma CHRISTOPHER SIAME said the lab compliments the field services through the laboratory testing of animal diseases.

Mr. SIAME observed that the contribution of the diagnostic lab in fighting animal diseases is normally achieved when the right samples are collected, processed and the right results.

He explained that the Provincial Diagnostic Lab has the capacity to provide the diagnostic services by collecting the right sample to bring to the lab, process it and examine it to give feedback to the department carrying out disease control in the field.

Mr. SIAME called on livestock farmers to access the services offered at the Provincial Lab in Choma as the services are free provided by the government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.

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