The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has released over N74 million for the purchase of vaccines and other consumables for the Mass Livestock Vaccination Campaign in Kano State. The vaccination of animals will not only protect animal health but will also prevent the transmission of zoonotic diseases (from animals to humans), enabling efficiency in the production of animal-derived food products.
The fund was made available in partnership with the Lives and Livelihood Fund (LLF) under the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISFD), which is the poverty alleviation arm of the IsDB. The vaccines will be made available for free for herdsmen and other stakeholders.
Vaccines are used to protect animals from a wide range of diseases which can affect production, fertility, and economic growth. The importance of animal health cannot be overemphasized as it leads to safer food supplies, higher farm productivity, reduced impact on the environment, decrease in the use of antibiotics, and improved animal well-being.
Animal health ensures that products such as meat, eggs, and milk are safe for consumption, and it also helps in the conservation of food and water into animal proteins and other essential nutrients. Vaccination also helps to provide sustainable and economic stability for farmers and the communities they serve.