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PM Modi to watch live surgery on cattle by IVRI experts in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin a two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Friday.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2017 10:59 IST
Chandan Kumar
Chandan Kumar
Hindustan Times
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Modi will also inaugurate a number of projects covering sectors such as infrastructure, railways, financial inclusion and sanitation.(HT File Photo)

Experts and staff at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly are all set to meet an “unusual” request from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office.

IVRI director RK Singh was informed about the PMO’s request on Wednesday giving him a very narrow window to make the arrangements in Shahanshapur on the outskirts of Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi, where he will inaugurate a week-long Pashu Arogya Mela or an animal fair on Saturday.

“We have been asked to send a field surgery team to demonstrate the live surgery of animals to the Prime Minister and his team,” said Singh as he reviewed the preparation by the institute’s surgery team that will set up a stall in Shahanshapur.

“We sent a nine-member advance party with some equipment via road on Wednesday evening itself. The remaining equipment and experts are leaving today (Thursday),” he added.

Though there were no fixed guidelines from the PMO as to what has to be displayed, IVRI experts have decided to demonstrate three surgeries, a list of diagnostic techniques, equipment, and description of an array of veterinary diseases.

“The experts will demonstrate median patellar dysrectomy (surgery of extended ligament), removal of kidney stone of a goat and rumenotomy (rumen surgery) of bovine cattle,” Singh said. “Surgeries for these abnormalities are very common and performed regularly by our experts at the institute polyclinic,” he added.

On display will also be colour Doppler machines, diagnosis, and surgery kits.

Traders from various districts with over 20,000 animals, including cows, buffaloes, horses, goats, sheep and camel are expected to participate in the cattle fair.

The state’s animal husbandry department will hold free vaccination camps for the cattle. A 40-member team of the department has also been deployed at the fair.

“Our aim is to vaccinate at least 1000 animals each day. Our teams will also demonstrate techniques of deworming animals and hygienic practices to prevent disease in cattle,” said AN Singh, director of disease control with the department.

Officials of the department believe that demonstrations by veterinary experts at the fair will pave the way for animal diagnosis and treatment camps like those held in Gujarat. These camps are usually held at district level once every month where veterinary experts gather and provide assistance to cattle owners.

Such camps, according to officials, were started by Modi in 2002 when he was the chief minister of the western state.

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 10:10 IST