Introduce National Animal Disease Control Programme: IVA

Chandigarh, August 11, 2020: The Indian Veterinary Association in a representation to Giriraj Singh, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying sought introduction of National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) and  National Artificial Insemination Programme (NAIP) across the country.

Vet Body seeks a combined vaccine of FMD and HS

In a communication to the minister, Dr. Chirantan Kadian, President, Indian Veterinary Association has stated that combined vaccine of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (HS) should be introduced in other states of India to reduce production loss, stress, economic loss and effective use of human resource component which is of vital importance as the number of vaccination days and pricks are reduced and due to which the acceptability of the animal owners increases.

It is further submitted that due to higher rates of compliance with different vaccination schedules leading to better acceptance among the livestock of farmers leading to better vaccination coverage, saving of human resources, and reduced vaccination and logistics costs.

Kadian said, Haryana was allotted trial project in March, which included sera surveillance, antibody titre, and challenge testing, the combined vaccine of HS and FMD was found to be highly effective as no outbreak has been observed so far for HS and FMD after administration of this vaccine in bovines of Haryana after March 2019 till date.

The representation has also sought filling up of all vacant posts of veterinary cadre including veterinary officers which is a must for monitoring and effective vaccination. This is a must for the supervision of vaccination, sera surveillance, and effective implementation of NAIP.

Kadian has further sought the creation of a specialization force of vaccinators and data entry operators for vaccination, tagging, and Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health (INAPH) entries which will create rural employment and 100 percent coverage of National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP).

He said, the success of the polio program is due to the creation of specialized force and involvement of administration and public alike. The provision has already been made in the scheme but needs to be implemented with commitment and a cue can be taken from the creation of Kisan Mitra in Haryana. It is further submitted that the success of a program depends on the implementation of it and appealed for the creation of a force at the Government of India and the state level for the same.