byUMN Nepal via web
Animal Health Camp (AHC) was organised at Ruby Valley Rural Municipality (former Lapa VDC), Khaniyabas Rural Municipality (former Jharlang) and Ganga Jamuna Rural Municipality (former Ree VDC). Dhading Disaster Response Program (DDRP) took official permission from District Livestock Service Centre (DLSO) for conducting mobile AHC.
After the disastrous earthquake of April 2015, DDRP conducted AHC for the first time to provide health services to the diseased and wounded animals during the disaster response phase. As the campaign was successful, the community realised the curative need for animals so they demanded for another health camp.
Earlier, when animals were wounded or diseased they used to be either slaughtered for meat purpose. Other than that, traditional witch doctor or traditional herb based medicine was used for curing infected animals. After the first event of AHC, livestock farmers realised the need of vaccination, deworming and medical treatment for successful livestock farming.
Though the animals of North Dhading were not found to be suffered from epidemic diseases, external and internal parasites were found mostly in goats and sheep. So, most of the livestock were vaccinated and dewormed. Some animals were affected by cyst and lymph node, so they got surgical treatments. Few bucks and oxen were castrated for better meat and efficiency in ploughing. Additionally, wounded animals got on site treatment and general medicine for diarrhoea and fever were distributed to the beneficiaries. It was also observed that the DDRP supported bucks and goats were also brought for health check-up at the camp. Apart from medical treatment, technicians provided general animal health tips and animal dung test.
Total of 86 Households benefited with AHC at Ganga Jamuna Gaupalika. 65 Buffaloes, 2 cows, 2 pigs, 745 poultry birds, 2 dogs, 16 oxen, 1 sheep, 295 goats, 8 bucks and 1 mule got animal health care services. This AHC was jointly organized by ICCO Cooperation (member of act alliance)/UMN/HIMS Nepal.