Greater Duk communities appeal for veterinary services to prevent zoonoses

June 6, 2020 (Thessherald)–Greater Duk communities of Twic East County & Duk County, Jonglei State call upon the government, NGOs and international agencies to provide veterinary services in the area to prevent zoonotic diseases that have killed hundreds of animals during the recent floods.

”The Greater Duk areas are in dire need of veterinary medicine and all other necessary health facilities critical to controlling the deadly animal diseases affecting animals on a large scale,” said Anter Bayak kuol, one of the community leaders.

“The recent floods that nearly flooded the entire areas, last year, had a very negative impact on our animals in Jonglei State, bringing in unwanted pests and insects,” he added.

“Over hundred-thousand heads of cattle and other 24, 000 sheep and goats are believed to have died since last year, as the flooding reached its climax in Duk counties, Jonglei state.”

South Sudan is one of the worst flood-stricken areas in the region, and according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 400,000 people are believed to have lost their homes in the wake of the heavy seasonal rains that struck most of the region.

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