The Indian Express | 2 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 11:45 am
The Maharashtra government has paid a compensation of Rs 20.12 crore to 7,909 cattle owners whose cattle died in the recent Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) outbreak, a statement issued by the animal husbandry department said.Though the disease has been declining in the state, a total of 20,361 infected animals have died to date ever since the outbreak in September, the statement added.Lumpy Skin Disease is a rapidly spreading infectious disease in livestock but it is curable if treated promptly. Till November 24, the disease has been reported in 3,741 epicentres in 34 districts in the state. Out of the 2,98,285 infected livestock, 2,19,657 livestock have recovered after treatment, the statement said.Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh has now issued instructions to implement a ‘Majha Gotha, Swachh Gotha’ campaign to control the disease spread, especially as the state-level task force had found that both the practices of sending cattle for grazing in herds and taking them for watering at public watering facilities were also responsible for the spread of the disease.In an official statement, Singh has also called for stepping up awareness among animal owners to stop both of these practices till Lumpy Skin Disease is brought under control. He has appealed to farmers and Gram Panchayats to follow the insect vector control, disinfection and isolation guidelines published by Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University on October 7 this year in the form of a campaign.The government and private veterinary practitioners should treat animals infected with Lumpy Skin Disease as per the revised protocol of Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University dated October 17, he added.Farmers have also been urged to avail free treatment and vaccinations for their affected cattle at their doorstep, by providing details of the disease symptoms to nearby government veterinary dispensaries. Instructions have also been issued that the vaccine should be administered on a mission mode to calves of cows not infected with LSD, calves of cows not vaccinated and the cattle class animals that have not been vaccinated yet.Meanwhile, 138.47 lakh animals have been vaccinated for free. The state has completed 98.96% of the vaccination of cattle and 144.12 lakh vaccine doses have been made available to date.Lumpy Skin Disease is a cutaneous viral disease of bovines that is not transmitted to human beings either from animals or through cow milk.
MUMBAI: The city accounts for nearly half of the suspected measles patients across Maharashtra, according to data released by the state government on Sunday. There are 62 outbreaks in Maharashtra affecting over 6,800 children; of these, 29 outbreaks are in Mumbai that has close to 4,000 children with suspected measles infection. The large number of outbreaks in Mumbai could affect the speed with which the extra vaccination drive could be completed, said state officials. Mumbai is likely to start the extra vaccination drive for nearly 1.4 lakh children from Monday, but other districts may follow suit two or three days later. "However, because they have fewer outbreaks, the drive in the rest of the state could get over quicker than in Mumbai," said the official. There has been a resurgence in cases of measles, a highly contagious viral infection, due to a break in the vaccination drive during the pandemic-induced lockdown. In Mumbai, around 20,000 children reportedly missed getting their timely measles shots, leading to outbreaks since January. The central health ministry then recommended an extra dose of the measles vaccine for children in the six-month-to-five-year age group living in hotspots. "Within a fortnight, we expect to finish vaccinating eligible children in 62 outbreak areas across the state," said a state official. However, he added that given the contagious nature of measles, it is likely that outbreaks in fresh areas are likely. "Hence, this extra vaccination drive is likely to be a continuous process that could continue till the winter is over," said the official, adding that measles outbreaks are more likely in winter.
Around 7,909 owners who lost their cattle to Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) have received a compensation of Rs 20.12 crore.As many as 20,361 animals across Maharashtra have died of LSD since its outbreak in September this year. The spread of LSD has been reported in 3,741 epicentres of 34 districts in Maharashtra till Thursday, with a declining trend now. Out of the 2,98,285 infected livestock, around 2,19,657 have recovered and the remaining are being treated, said the Animal Husbandry Department.LSD is a cutaneous viral disease of bovines, which is not transmitted to human beings either from animals or through cow milk, and is recorded only in bovines.Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh, meanwhile, has issued directions to implement ‘Majha Gotha, Swachh Gotha’ campaign to prevent the spread of the disease, especially as the State Level Task Force (SLTF) found out that the practise of grazing herds and public livestock watering were among the reasons for the spread of LSD.Singh has also appealed to the cattle owners to be aware and take preventive measures, and has asked the farmers and gram panchayats to follow guidelines for insect vector control, disinfection, and isolation issued by the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University (MAFSU) on October 7 this year. Government and private veterinary practitioners should treat animals infected with LSD, according to the MAFSU’s revised protocol dated October 17.Farmers have also been urged to avail free treatment and administer vaccination to the infected cattle at their doorstep and provide related details to nearby government veterinary dispensaries, and extend cooperation to local veterinarians in the treatment of the ailing animals. Maharashtra has completed vaccinating 138.47 lakh animals i.e. 98.96 per cent of the cattle for free, with several districts receiving a total of 144.12 lakh vaccine doses till date.
NASHIK: Two confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Dhule city in the past 10 days, an official from the health department of the Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC) informed on Tuesday. Dhule is the second urban area, after Malegaon town, in the North Maharashtra where new cases of measles have recently been reported. “However, unlike Malegaon, there is no outbreak of the disease in Dhule town,” a DMC official said. “The two confirmed cases have been reported in toddlers. Both are undergoing treatment at their homes and their condition is stable. The children had not taken the first dose of measles vaccine,” the official added. Meanwhile, Malegaon town has been affected by the outbreak of measles with 44 confirmed cases reported in the last 45 days. Most of these children were unvaccinated and have been cured. Also, blood samples of 53 children, who have measles-like symptoms, have been collected by the authorities and sent to the laboratories for confirmatory tests. While 27 samples are from Dhule city, 22 are from Malegaon town and the remaining four are from Nashik city. Deputy director of the state health department (Nashik region) Dr Kapil Aher said barring Malegaon there has not been an outbreak of the disease in any other part of the North Maharashtra. “The health officials have stepped up surveillance. Mop-up round of vaccination to cover children who might have missed their first or second doses of measles rubella vaccine is also being carried out,” he said. As a precautionary measure, the Nashik Municipal Corporation has set up two isolation wards at its Bytco and Zakir Hussain hospitals to provide treatment to measles patients. “We have made isolation wards with a capacity of 125 beds at Bytco , while Zakir Hussain hospital has 22 beds,” an NMC official said.
RAIPUR: Data is now emerging on how strong Covid-19's impact was on India's routine immunisation programme. Lakhs of health workers were diverted to respond to the pandemic and in the meantime, coverage of some critical early vaccines dropped. In Maharashtra, reach of the measles second shot fell to 85% in 2020-2021, from 94% the previous year. This gap in regular vaccine coverage is worldwide. Epidemiologists have now warned of serious outbreaks if coverage is not improved. Many cities are reporting cases and outbreaks of diseases that were either on the verge of eradication or were thought to be eradicated. Mumbai, for example, is reporting a measles outbreak - 142 cases recorded in the city since January. The Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) has said that regions in Brazil, Haiti and Peru are at very high risk for reintroduction of polio. Vaccination coverage for polio in these regions has fallen to about 79% due to Covid, the lowest since 1994. Authorities said they are scrambling to ensure adequate coverage. Dr Sachin Desai, state immunisation officer, said routine immunisation has dropped due to Covid. "We are now trying to find the kids we have missed. We were all involved in Covid-19 vaccination," he said. Dr Amitav Banerjee, head of community medicine at Pune's Dr DY Patil Medical College, said officials have to ensure focus is back on routine vaccination. "There were so many unsubstantiated stories about Covid vaccine safety that people are now hesitant to get even time-tested shots such as the one for measles. The vaccine against measles is very effective. And the infection in a malnourished child can be fatal," Dr Banerjee said. Doctors said they are urging young parents to ensure their children are covered. "There is a lot vaccine hesitancy. Local health authorities have to hold camps, improve messaging and maybe even run repeated TV ads to convince parents. Hesitancy among parents should not hurt the child," one doctor said.
PUNE: Maharashtra has not received a consignment of Covid vaccines from the Centre since June this year, officials said on Tuesday, adding that much of the state's current stock is now likely to go to waste due to low beneficiary turnout. The state currently has one lakh doses of Covishield, some 13 lakh doses of Covaxin and around 2,000 doses of Corbevax. Low uptake means a substantial chunk of this stock may have to be thrown away, officials said. According to CoWIN data, daily vaccination in the state has now fallen to below 4,000 doses, resulting in high wastage. Corbevax wastage, for instance, has touched 32% in some districts. Officials TOI spoke to said these factors- mounting stockpile and low turnout - may combine to push the Centre to halt free Covid vaccination. "The signs certainly point to that. We have not received a consignment from the Centre since June. And even though it is still under consideration, we believe the free covid vaccination program might be wrapped up in the coming days. Covid vaccines may be available at private hospitals," said an official from the state health services. The official added: "Currently, the government vaccine sites have doses. But citizens have to take the jab. We are not expecting a new consignment to arrive anytime soon as daily vaccination has fallen tremendously." But not all Covid vaccines are in stock. Across Maharashtra, Corbevax drives for 12-14 year olds have been halted at many centres due to shortage of doses. Dr Sanjay Patil, chairperson of the IMA's Hospital Board of India, Pune chapter, said it's time the Centre started offering the Covid vaccines in the open market.