Government has officially launched the vaccination of cattle against anthrax disease that broke out in Sesheke district in January.
The vaccination exercise will cost one [point five million kwacha.
Speaking during the launch at Likanda in Sesheke, Fisheries and Livestock permanent secretary David Shamulenge said government already procured 30-thousand doses and is targeting to vaccinate about 16-thousand 5-hundred cattle in the endemic areas of the district.
Dr. Shamulenge said more than 1 thousand One hundred cattle have so far been vaccinated and that government has been prompted to quickly move in because anthrax is a deadly disease in both livestock and humans.
He adds that the ministry has instituted measures such as restriction of movement, vaccinations and surveillance to contain the disease in accordance with the animal health act of 2010.
Meanwhile, livestock farmers in Sesheke have thanked President Edgar Lungu for his quick response to contain the disease.
Martin Kaonde a farmer in Likanda area says the gesture by government shows the commitment the president has to develop the livestock sector and improve the livelihoods of the people especially in rural areas.