Kollam: The animal husbandry department in Kollam has geared up for inspections at checkposts as part of its foot and mouth disease (FMD) prevention campaign. The slaughterhouses and cattle markets in the district will also be brought under scanner as part of the programme. “This is part of FMD eradication programme which intends to vaccinate as many as 14,86,678 domestic animals across the state. In Kollam as many as 1,09,040 animals will be vaccinated. Apart from this, the checkposts including Kottavasal and Thenmala will be brought under scanner,” said Dr D. Anilkumar, district animal husbandry officer.
The three-week long campaign will start from Thursday in the district. The campaign could successfully wipe out the epidemic from the district. A rapid action force constituted will be vigilant in the district implementing effective disease control strategies in slaughter houses and cattle markets. As many as 140 squads have been constituted under animal husbandry officials to conduct house visits and to spread awareness about the disease.