The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has flagged off a vaccination program for animals against diseases.
The governor further reiterated his commitment to ensuring food security through livestock farming and production while improving the economic activities of the people.
The governor made this known at the flag-off ceremony for the 2022 mass vaccination campaign against transboundary animal diseases in Gombe on Thursday.
He said the vaccination was against diseases like "contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, (CBPPV), foot and mouth disease (FMDV), Pest Des Petits Ruminants (PPRV) and Newcastle disease (ND) among others."
In a statement signed by his Press Director, Ismaila Uba Misilli, the governor said, "The diseases have a high mortality rate and are easily contagious with the potential to spread rapidly, thereby causing socioeconomic and public health consequences in the states and the nation in general."
He noted that his administration had prepared "towards the eradication of these diseases through massive annual vaccination campaign to contain the livestock diseases and achieve herd immunity for prevention and possible eradication."
Governor Yahaya further explained that "the targeted diseases include contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, (CBPPV), foot and mouth disease (FMDV), Pest Des Petits Ruminants (PPRV) and Newcastle disease (ND) among others.
"Let me, therefore, assure you of our commitment to sustaining this campaign for the general improvement of livestock production in the state and across the region.
"To reduce the impact of these diseases on our peasant pastoralist, this administration, despite the scarcity of funds has procured enough vaccines and other veterinary equipment for the vaccination exercise".
He noted that the administration remains firm "to transform the Livestock sub-sector in Gombe State".