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INDUSTRY ASSISTANCE TO THE DIRECTORATE OF VETERINARY SERVICES IN COMBAT AGAINST FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE (FMD) OUTBREAK IN KAVANGO EAST AND KAVANGO WEST REGIONS

On 28 September 2020, a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak was reported in the Kavango East Region of Namibia after inspection by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) of cattle reportedly having signs of salivation and limping. Disease control measures, including livestock movement restrictions and vaccination, was immediately implemented by the DVS.

On 27 October 2020, a new outbreak was reported in the Kavango West Region. The new outbreak does not seem to be linked to cases in the Kavango East Region, but rather to cattle returning from Angola to Namibia.

On 02 November 2020, the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) called for a National FMD Emergency meeting, where stakeholders of the livestock and meat industry of Namibia was attending. During this meeting, the CVO and her team indicated that limited available funds are hampering the DVS from implementing disease control measures insufficient manner to contain the outbreak and that Industry support for these measures is desperately needed.

During the meeting held on 02 November 2020, the priorities listed for the containment of the outbreak included roadblocks, movement restrictions, vaccination in response to the outbreak, surveillance, awareness creation, and maintenance of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF).

The Industry convened on 03 November 2020 to discuss means of assistance to the DVS and pledged support to the DVS in the form of rations for 200 staff members, procurement of vaccination, surveillance and roadblock equipment, awareness creating, assisting with the repair, maintenance, and monitoring of the VCF, assisting with the servicing of vehicles needed for vaccination, surveillance and monitoring purposes and providing transport for goods from Windhoek to Rundu.

These outbreaks come at a time when the industry is still recovering from severe drought and the country is burdened with Covid-19. The support from the Industry once again showcases the spirit of Namibia!

 

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