A 20-day Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) Vaccination exercise organized by Regional Pastoral and Livelihoods Resilience Project (Mandera) in collaboration with Mandera county’s department of veterinary services has officially kicked off in the seven sub counties targeting 1.5 million goats and sheep as a part of the PPR eradication strategy.
Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) is a five year project funded by the World Bank and the Government of Kenya. In Mandera County, the project is spearheaded by the county project implementation unit. The project supports five components such as Natural Resource Management, Market Access and Trade, Livelihoods Support, Pastoral Risk Management and Project Management and institutional support.
While officially launching the program, Deputy Director Veterinary Services Dr. Claudio Sortum said that eradication of PPR is important as its outbreak causes high mortalities thus impacting on the livelihoods of the pastoralists who make up more than 85 percent of the county’s population.
Dr Sortum also urged residents to vaccinate their animals in large numbers. Seven vaccination teams have been dispatched across the county.