Pune: Central Team Comments On Maharashtra Government’s Measures To Treat Lumpy Skin Disease

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Pune, 6th December 2022: The central team has taken notice of the measures taken by the Maharashtra Government regarding the outbreak of lumpy skin disease. The treatment system prescribed by the government was flawed. Antibiotics were overused. Dead animals were not disposed of properly. The central team has come under fire for not providing enough vehicles for the animal husbandry department staff.


According to an official of the Animal Husbandry Department, Dr Vijay Kumar Teotia, ICAR Scientist, Dr Assistant Commissioner of the Animal Husbandry Department, and Manjunath Reddy, a state member, Sunil Lahne’s team visited the affected districts of the state from November 21 to 23. In the report of this team, the animal husbandry department has directly expressed displeasure with the measures taken.


Lumpy-infected animals were treated by livestock supervisors and untrained persons. Officers did not conduct individual assessments and treatment as needed. Cattle breeders were demanding a regular supply of immune-boosting drugs, mineral mix, liver tonic, probiotics, and other necessities for the affected animals. But, there was no such supply. There was no cooperation from the local administration and the government system to clean the cattle sheds. Different needles and other auxiliary devices were required depending on the animal. Dead animals were not disposed of scientifically. The report also said there is a need for large-scale testing of infected animals in laboratories.


Inappropriate use of antibiotics was observed throughout the epidemic, including sudden discontinuation and frequent changes of antibiotics. Unnecessary changes in the amount and duration of the use of antibiotics may lead to future problems of antibiotic resistance in animals. Necessary bacteria in the animal’s body can also be at risk.


The lack of infrastructure in the animal husbandry department was often discussed. The Animal Husbandry Department had no infrastructure to go from village to village for treatment during epidemics. The observation team also noted that the officials were not available with vehicles to reach the affected animals.


“Even if the observation recorded by the central team is true, it has expressed satisfaction with the vaccination campaign and treatment method. The animal husbandry department has handled the epidemic well with the help of other agencies despite having less manpower,” Dr Venkatarao Ghorpade, Retired Assistant Commissioner of the Animal Husbandry Department, said.



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