Anthrax outbreak: More than two thousand ruminants vaccinated in Upper East Region


By Peter Agengre

Mass vaccination of all animals has commenced in all the municipal and district areas of the Upper East region to curb the spread of anthrax.

At a media briefing in Bolgatanga, Upper East Regional Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Henry Nii Anang, announced that about 1,068 cattle have already been vaccinated.

Dr. Anang added, “757 sheep have also been vaccinated, while 514 goats have also been vaccinated as at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. So by the end of the day, the numbers of vaccinated animals would increase.”

The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Stephen Yakubu, said the vaccination is free and urged the public to make their animals available for the vaccination.

“So we have asked that they start the vaccination at 5:00 a.m. every morning before the animals leave their homes. They will be going to where the Fulanis are to also vaccinate their animals. The anthrax vaccine is usually not free, but government is helping us to make sure that everyone gets it for free,” Mr. Yakubu concluded.

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