Oman LNG Boosts Safety and Hygienic Measures of livestock

Sur, Oman LNG signed an agreement to fund a

programme that combats Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)

in Sur.

The agreement, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and

Fisheries, will boost the Ministry’s efforts to control the spread of the

virus in livestock farms which enhances food hygiene and prevents

transmission of diseases to people.

The one-year programme will be targeting numerous livestock

breeders in 40 villages in Sur. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

will be combating areas where tick’s nests have been identified as well

as raising awareness on the associated risks and educating people on

preventive measures through reducing the risk of tick-to-human

transmission. The initiative will also include distributing pesticides

spraying machines to the breeders where needed.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Ahmed bin Nasser al-Bakri,

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Sheikh

Khalid bin Abdullah Al Massan, Chief Executive Officer of Oman LNG

Development Foundation.

The agreement to fund such important programme is particularly

significant because of the results that will be achieved through this

social investment. Firstly, it promotes food hygiene. Secondly, its

success when fully implemented holds the potential of propelling an

increase in the agricultural productions”, said Sheikh Khalid Al Massan.

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a widespread

disease caused by a tick-borne virus which affects animals such as

cows, goats and sheep. The virus is transmitted to people either by tick

bites or through contact with infected animals. This disease is endemic

in the Sultanate where first case was reported in 1995.

Reducing the risk of animal-to-human transmission can be made by

wearing gloves and other protective clothing while handling with

animals or their tissues, notably during slaughtering and informing the

concerned authorities in case of there are ticks in the animals and

cooperate with them on precautionary measures.

Source: Oman News Agency

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