Porcine population to be inoculated
GOING THE whole hog to pre-empt an epidemic, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) Health department today convened a meeting of pig-breeders to map a strategy for inoculating the local porcine population.
As a first step the breeders have been asked to furnish a list of all City-based piggeries within 72 hours so that a systematic vaccination programme against “hog disease” could be initiated.
The State government has provided 2500 vaccine shots for combating the spread of hog disease and the inoculation is to be carried out at the three district dispensaries.
The breeders have also been directed to keep their animals off the road until the inoculation programme is complete. “Strict action will be taken against owners of pigs found roaming in the open”, warned Mayor-in-Council member in-charge of Health Department Rajendra Rathore.
The proposal for relocating piggeries located within municipal limits to nearby Gwala Colony on City outskirts was also taken up at the meeting.
When the breeders expressed their acquiescence they were told to submit a list of facilities they wanted to be made available at the relocation site. Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Department, RS Shrimali, Chief Medical Health Officer,
IMC, Dr A K Puranik as well as about 60 pig-breeders attended the meeting. Earlier, addressing the breeders Shrimali informed that post-mortems carried out on bodies of pigs revealed that they had died of hog disease and not of bird-flu as had been reported in the media.
The Animal Husbandry official appealed to pig-owners to immediately report the death of any animal to municipal authorities so that the body could be carted off immediately.
City pigs to be relocated
Mayor-in-Council member in-charge of Health department Rajendra Rathore said that pig breeders agreed to shift to City outskirts during today’s meeting. We have asked them to submit a list of facilities needed at the proposed site and a formal relocation proposal will be drawn up as soon as we receive the details, he said.