Kaduna State Government says it would soon immunize some 1,014 horses against Equine Influenza, a horse flu, in the state.
Dr Samuel Tanko-Dogo, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
Tanko-Dogo said 314 Donkeys would also be immunized against the infection in the state.
Equine influenza virus (EIV) is a major cause of acute respiratory diseases in horses and donkeys.
Veterinary experts recommend adequate quarantine of affected horses. An equine influenza surveillance plan with an appropriate EIV control program are major steps to safeguard the large population of the animals.
Recall that the state government in Junaury quarentined 19 horses infected by the disease to cutail its spread.
The Agriculture ministry in April also embarked on a program to disinfect and de-worm horses and Donkeys across the state.
The Veterinary officials had collated data on population of horses and donkeys in the state during the deworming program.
According to the official, 263 donkeys are to be vaccinated in the Northern Zone while 51 had been identified for the program in the southern zone of the state.
NAN learned that the programme would be concentrated in the Emirate Councils where such animals are in high concentration, especially in Zazzau Emirate, Birnin Gwari, Jema’a, Jere, Lere, Jaba and Kagoro.
It would also concentrate in TRAPCCO and the 5th Chucker, where most Horses use for Polo games are housed as well as the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and Nigeria Police Force settlement in the state.
Tanko-Dogo said that the state government had procured vaccines for the exercise to ensure the disease is stamped out.
Igabi and Zaria Local Government Areas are homes to hundreds of horses used for Polo Games and Durbar during Sallah by the Zazzau Emirate.
Veterinary experts say tackling the Flu would reduce risks of contracting the disease by horses from different countries that attend the annual Kaduna International Polo Tournament.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed