New Delhi : A special health checkup camp for cattle and livestock was organised under the aegis of the Dinesh Shahra Foundation as part of their Gau Shakti Abhiyan initiative. The Cattle and Livestock Health Checkup Camp was held at Navarmari village, Nagpur recently. The camp was organised in association with Niramay Bahu-Uddeshiya Seva Sanstha, Nagpur and the Animal Husbandry Dept., Zilla Parishad, Nagpur.
The camp saw a good response from the farmers with over 90 percent of families in the village participating in the camp and bringing their cattle and livestock to be checked by the attending veterinary doctors. The doctors included Dr. Manjusha Pundlik, Asst. Commissioner, Animal Husbandry, Regional Diseases Investigation Laboratory, Nagpur and Dr. Bhalerao from the Animal Husbandry Department, Butibori, Nagpur with supporting staff.
“We are heartened by the positive response to our initiative under the Gau Shakti Abhiyan. The Health Checkup Camp for cattle and livestock has been appreciated by the farmers. This camp is part of the Foundation’s mission to promote sustainable development of the rural economy and we look forward to organising many such camps in the future,” said Dinesh Shahra, Founder and MD, Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. and Trustee, Dinesh Shahra Foundation.
The Chief Guests at the camp included Dr. Hirudkar, District Animal Husbandry Officer – Nagpur, Vishakha Bhagat, Sarpanch, Navarmari Group Gram Panchayat and Gulabrao Bhagat, Police Patil, Navarmari village.
On behalf of the Dinesh Shahra Foundation, Dinesh Raut and Dr. Urmila Kshirsagar welcomed all guests and doctors by giving them Tulsi saplings. The girls of the village also performed a traditional welcome song. The camp was then inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp, worshipping the ‘gaumata’ and feeding the cow fodder. Dr. Kshirsagar, Panda and others from the Niramay Bahu-Uddeshiya Seva Sanstha then started the procedure of checking up the cattle and livestock with the other doctors. Free medicines were also distributed on the occasion.
Around 650 cattle, goats and poultry were screened at the camp. The screening and tests included de-worming, Random Blood Test (CBC), fecal test, blood smear, collection of ticks for identification, infertility examination and pregnancy diagnosis. The treatments included parasitic spraying, tonic injection to all bullocks, mineral mixture distributed to all cows as well as weak oxen and calves, PPR vaccine to all goats, treatment to wounds, anti-diarrhea medicines and indigestion bolus.
Dr. Hirudkar and Dr. Bhalerao spoke to the farmers on care of the cattle and livestock and importance of community participation and role of environmental hygiene for their well-being.