Veterinary officer, Jane Khoboso  taking blood sample of sick camels forat Bubisa (Dhekhukhu)

Following the report of acute death of camels around Bubisa and mass death of goats at Burgabo of Turbi division, Marsabit County, the Marsabit County department of veterinary services has swiftly dispatched a team of veterinary officers and lab technologist’s to ascertain/address the purported livestock crisis in its bid to avert more death.

The team had a fully equipped mobile veterinary clinic that was provided by Kanacho Nomadic Education Fund (KNEF), a local organization so as to enable diagnosis, treatment and vaccination in the field.

The Marsabit County Communication department after accompanying the veterinary team that responded to the livestock health alarm/death, has learnt that camels death were as a result of trypanomiasis illness (Ganthi in local dialects) and goats are dying of babesiosis disease(tick borne).

The lab technologist’s, Mr. Richard Mwithali informed the Marsabit County communication department that the camels’ blood smear indicated presence of trypanosoma protozoa and in goats-babesia bigemia protozoa. The veterinary officers who include; Diba Denge Tasi (team leader), Woto Forolle and Jane Khoboso who are in the field currently, advised the affected livestock herders to use trypanocidal drugs like triquin and veriben for the affected camels and goats respectively.

Herders are still calling for more help from the veterinary department to marshal their effort so as to cushion livestock keepers from livestock loss which the Marsabit County governor, Ambassador Ukur Yatani has severally said that livestock is the back-borne of the county’s economy and his administration is endeavoured to improve livestock health for better livelihood.

By the department of communication, Marsabit County


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