That way, cases of LSD in livestock will not continue to spread to other regions
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo called on regional governments to intensify health checkups of livestock, especially buffaloes and other cattle, ahead of Eid al-Adha projected to fall on June 29.

In a written statement on Wednesday, he noted that the step is aimed at ensuring that the animals are healthy and fit for qurban, or animal sacrifice.

The speaker deems health checkups necessary following the findings of livestock suffering from lumpy skin diseases (LSD) in several regions.

He also called on regional governments to strengthen monitoring against the mobility of livestock from one region to another in borders to prevent the entry of animals infected with viruses or diseases.

Soesatyo appealed to the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture along with the Livestock and Animal Health Offices to immediately collect data on livestock infected with LSD.

He noted that the effort should be made, so that animals infected with LSD can promptly get adequate handling, such as LSD vaccination or other necessary efforts.

"That way, cases of LSD in livestock will not continue to spread to other regions," he remarked.

Furthermore, he urged the Livestock and Animal Health Offices to monitor and report cases of LSD as well as boost the dissemination of information on prevention to the community, especially farmers to continue to maintain the cleanliness of livestock housing.

The preventive measure is necessary, as vectors, such as flies, ticks, and mosquitos, living in unclean places can cause LSD in livestock.

"I also ask regional governments and relevant offices to continue to remind cattle or buffalo farmers to remain alert and continue to monitor the health of their livestock," he stated.

He emphasized that farmers should immediately report to the nearest veterinary medical officer in the event of signs that the livestock is infected with LSD, so that prompt and appropriate handling and treatment can be ensured by the relevant office.

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