According to official sources, an important meeting was called out to discuss the ongoing viral infection and its impact on the livestock. So far the mortality rate due to lumpy skin disease accounts for 54 deaths and almost 20,000 animals have been infected. With over 15,000 affected livestock the disease is aggressively spreading in Karachi as well.
The meeting was presided by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah and other government officials such as the secretary and director-general of the livestock department were also present.
The livestock secretary said that lumpy disease is affecting the livestock of both Sindh and Punjab.
“The disease has so far been found in 20,250 animals in the province, including 15,100 in Karachi, 3,781 in Thatta, 149 in Hyderabad, 656 in Badin, 85 in Jamshoro, 121 in Khairpur, 91 in Sujawal, 64 in Matiari, 35 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 124 in Sanghar, 36 in Thana Bola Khan, four in Qambar-Shahdadkot and two each in two in Tando Muhammad Khan and Dadu,”
The chief secretary advised that there is a need to launch a vaccination drive. This measure will cater to reducing the number of affected livestock in the areas. Another suggestion that was put forward was to spray mosquito repellents in and around cattle farms. So that further complications related to this disease can be controlled to some extent.
It was also confirmed in the meeting that this lumpy disease cannot be transferred from animals to humans.
Furthermore, the government has also set up a helpline desk (0229201913) in Hyderabad. But more active and radical measures are needed as the situation continues to get worse with every passing day.