Animal health campaign organised at Laya

sterilization in progress
sterilization in progress

Laya: Gid disease has been a major concern for the yak herders in Laya. In order to reduce the disease emergence and help the yak rearing communities to earn the most from their animals, the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Wangdue in collaboration with Gasa Dzongkhag organised an animal health campaign in Laya from 10 till 23 October 2013.

Gid is a condition caused by a tapeworm, the lifecycle of which is partially completed in dogs (definitive host) and then in yaks (intermediate host). Every year, it causes heavy loss to the herders through calf mortality.

The campaign with a theme “Effective and sustainable animal health services to the highlanders” followed multiple approaches to control the disease in different inter-face: definitive host, intermediate host and the environment. A research component with an aim to formulate appropriate control measures in the future was also carried out. These approaches are expected to effectively and efficiently prevent, control and ultimately eliminate the disease from the community.

During the campaign, the team consisting of veterinarians and laboratory technicians from RLDC (Wangdue), Gasa, Tsirang, Dagana and Punakha sterilised, vaccinated and dewormed around 105 nos. of dogs and 200 nos. of yaks covering the eight villages. They also collected around 75 blood and faecal samples from these animals for research.

Further, more than 100 yak herders were given awareness on gid and other diseases affecting yaks. The team treated several clinical cases during the campaign.  They also trained community animal health workers on how to go about gid issues in future. These trained members are expected to continue their support during gid emergence as well as render basic animal health services to the remotest areas.

Submitted by Dr. Bhirdhoj Rai, RLDC-Wangdue

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