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Death toll of buffalos at Meluri Sub-Division stands at 204

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More than 50% of bovine population decimated at Reguri Village

KOHIMA, OCTOBER 9: A month after the first case of unusual death of buffalos was reported from Kanjang Village on September 4, officials say that so far a total of 204 buffalos of 3 villages ~ Kanjang, Akhen and Reguri under Meluri Sub-Division, Phek District ~ have succumbed to Hemorrhagic Septicemia, a bacterial disease that mainly affects cattle.

These findings were made by a joint verification team of various governmental agencies who carried out a 3-day on-the-spot assessment from October 7-9. The team was led by Assistant Manager, NSDMA, Jonji Odyuo, VAC Meluri, Shipatu Thupitor, EAC Lephori, C Tsalimse Sangtam, Nodal Officer, DDMA-Phek, David Thupitor, NSMA Consultant, Kati Jamir, informed EAC Lephori, C Tsalimse Sangtam, in a press release.
As per the assessment, the total confirmed deaths were 204-112 at Reguri Village, 82 at Kanjang Village and 10 at Akhen Village. The actual number of deaths may be higher as several buffalos are still reported to be missing and the district administration has ordered a blanket ban on import, slaughtering/butchering and transit of buffalos within the Sub-Division indefinitely.
The team also had interactive sessions with members of each village, thereby ascertaining the on-ground grievances faced by the villagers and has identified 106 families/farmers, it said.
Queried on how the State Government is contemplating to address the plight of the families and farmers whose livelihood have been severely affected by the outbreak of bacterial disease, EAC Lephori said that one of the main reasons for the 3-day on-the-spot assessment was carried out to collect data and authenticate the claims of the villagers. He said that the officials of the various agencies have taken notes and data of the losses incurred by the families/farmers.
“From the data we have collected, we will come up with detailed report within a week’s time and submit it to the Government and from there on it is the prerogative of the Government to whether release relief package or not”, he added.
Queried about the long-term strategy of the Government to address such outbreaks within the Sub-Division, EAC Lephori said the District Administration and the Veterinary Department in the Sub-Division did come up with an order for annual vaccination in the neighbouring villages. “Last week also we did plan for an annual vaccination but the thing is that all the villages practice ‘free range’ and the farmers cannot restrain the animals and so we could not carry out the vaccination. The practical difficulty lies in the fact that the area where the bovine population roam around is very large and until and unless a farmer collects all his cattle from the area and bring it to spot then even vaccination in the other villages will be difficult”, informed the EAC of Lephori.
Veterinary Assistant Surgeon, Meluri Sub-Division, Dr Shipatu Thupitor said that the Veterinary Department is carrying out chemoprhylaxis on surviving stock with indicated drugs with almost all treated animals showing good responses to the treatment though the prognosis is grave for the particular disease.

Chemoprophylaxis is a preventive treatment of disease with drugs.
As of now strict bio-security measures, disease surveillance and monitoring is in effective mode, he said.
It should be noted that technically it is not advisable to carry out vaccination in the villages already affected by this disease, added the VAC.
He also informed that future course of action recommended for prevention would be annual vaccination.
(Page News Service)