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Animal diseases causing stillbirths in Jawzjan’s Darzab

Animal diseases causing stillbirths in Jawzjan’s Darzab

Jan 09, 2017 - 19:40

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The high incidence of animal diseases has not only been claiming lives of animals but also causing expecting mothers stillbirths in Darzab district of northern Jawzjan province.

Darzab district chief Rahmatullah Hashar said animal diseases such as brucellosis, pox, plague and others had been at a high incidence over the past six months in Darzab. Some 200 livestock were lost to the diseases in the district centre alone, he said.

He said there were no facilities to prevent the diseases and farmers were losing their cattle. The diseases had affected heath of many people interacting with the infected animals, the district chief said.

“Exact number of people infected with animal diseases is unknown, but several pregnant womeninfo-icon had stillbirths.”

The district chief asked the agricultureinfo-icon and public healthinfo-icon departments to adopt serious measures in preventing high incidence of animal diseases in order to impede its proliferation to other parts of the country.

Mohammad Kazim, a resident of the district, said his 15 animals died in a single night. He has now 200 animals. “I lost 15 animals last night. There are other farmers in our area who are also facing problems in this regard.”

He asked the agriculture department to cope with the diseases with needed facilities.

Abdul Aziz, another farmer: “When a pregnant animal is infected with brucellosis, it may result in abruption.” He said currently he had taken his cattle to Dasht-i-Laili area to vaccinate them against various diseases

Mohammad Karim Ibrahim, animals health director at the agriculture department, while confirming the prevalence of diseases in animals, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) based on the agriculture department’s suggestion, had provided 60,000 doses of plague and brucellosis diseases vaccines in aid.

He said the agriculture department was currently busy administering vaccine from ICRC to cattle in Dasht-i-Laili locality of Qush Tepa district and Darzab district.

“We will share the problems Darzab cattle farmers face with the ICRC which will be asked for more help in this regard. We will spare no effort in finding a solution to the problem.”

Ibrahim said steps had been taken to prevent animal diseases which were in initial stages. “It requires three years of regular implementation of vaccine to completely eradicate the probblem.”

Meanwhile, Kabulinfo-icon-based officials ICRC said the committee annually dispatched necessary medicines to veterinarians for treating cattle against various diseases and used vermicides to ensure good health and get increased dairy products.

They said the ICRC had also paved the way for training of hundreds of farmers in rearing livestock in a better manner.

Zarmina, a resident of Aulad village of Darzab district, said: “I am a livestock farmer and herdswoman and it is our livelihood. We always use milk, beef and other products of cattle and this is we get infected with animal diseases.”

She said she caught different diseases and first suffered from anorexia and dizziness, then arthritis and legs pain and finally lost her child in womb.

“When I visited a doctor he said I was infected with an animal disease that caused the stillbirth.” She said many women in her area suffered from similar diseases and their children were born dead.

Dr. Khalil Haidiri, an official at the public health department in Jawzjan, said animal diseases were seen in people living in remote areas, but brucellosis disease which transmitted to humans from animals was mostly seen in women.
He didn’t provide figures for such patients, but advised people to keep washing hands with soap after milking and using animal meat to lower infection chances. He confirmed some women infected with animal diseases had stillbirths.

Stillbirths and animal diseases grip Darzab district despite vaccination programmes each year by the agriculture department to maintain animals’ health.



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