Indonesia Expedites FMD Vaccination for Livestock to Control Outbreak

Antara - 20 June 2022 15:03 WIB
Indonesia Expedites FMD Vaccination for Livestock to Control Outbreak
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto (Photo: Kemenko Perekonomian)
Jakarta: The government accelerated vaccination and drug administration to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in livestock, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated here on Monday.

"Currently, the government's efforts are to immediately procure and distribute vaccines in large quantities and immediately vaccinate livestock. With this, it is hoped that herd immunity can be achieved soon," Hartarto remarked.
As of June 18, 2022, according to the minister's statement, FMD had spread to 19 provinces and 199 districts and cities. The number of cases had reached 184,646, with 56,822 recoveries (30.77 percent).

Meanwhile, there were 1,394 heads of livestock, or 0.75 percent, with conditions to be slaughtered; deaths reached 921 heads (0.50 percent); and 51 heads of livestock had been vaccinated.

The population of at-risk and threatened livestock, comprising cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep, and pigs, totaled 48,779,326 heads, Hartarto pointed out.

The first FMD vaccination was conducted on June 14, 2022, in Sidoarjo, East Java, he remarked, and the subsequent steps would be the administration of two basic vaccinations at an interval of one month as well as a booster vaccine every six months.

At least around 28 million priority doses of vaccination are required, and currently, million doses have been imported, of which 0.8 million doses were in the procurement process, while the other 2.2 million were under the budget refocusing process.

"To meet the needs of 28 million doses until the end of 2022, among others, the government will work with private importers with the vaccines, (conducted) under control and supervision," Hartarto remarked.

"We have to consider a broader condition, not just for the matter of prevention but also looking at the consequences because livestock is an asset. Hence, if the FMD issue is not resolved, it will be an invaluable loss, especially for small-scale farmers," he stated.

The government has decided to utilize the state budget, regional budget, and other sources of funds to act on the plan to provide compensation for farmers, especially small-scale farmers, whose livestock died of FMD or which had to be forcibly slaughtered.


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