Industries.Vaccination material has been delivered. Field teams have received automatic syringes, work clothes and cooling equipment. The list of outreach crews has been drafted. The one of households with sheep and goats has also been made public. Over 900 staff people from the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries are being sent on special assignment in the 730 zootechnical and veterinary centres that cover the entire national territory. They are supported by the representatives of small ruminants breeders and, especially, Village Committees on ‘’peste des petits ruminants’’.
They are made up of Chiefs of each village (over 8000) and community relays ; all this work is coordinated by the regional services of MINEPIA. The counting of households with small ruminants has also been completed. A media campaign has already taken over.
Cameroon has been conducting the Livestock Development Project, PRODEL, since 2017. Its Development Objective, ODP, aims at improving the productivity of selected production systems, the marketing of their products for targeted beneficiaries, and providing an immediate and effective response to eligible crises or cases of emergency in the livestock sector.
Within the framework of the the implementation of this project, a National Plan for the Control and Eradication of ‘’Peste des Petits Ruminants’’, PNE-PPR, has been devised. PRODEL thus mobilizes a contribution that rises over 2.5 billion FCFA. It has been assigned to reinforce the operations of MINEPIA with regards to that Plan. A mapping of the disease, associated with three consecutive years of immunization campaigns, will be carried out for an expected post-vaccination sero-prevalence of at least 80%. The “Bazooka” approach shall overwhelm the starting year. The second and third years are to devoted to the vaccination of animals that are over 3 to 15 months old. Livestock farmers and private veterinarians / paraprofessionals will contribute to the success of this operation by setting up groups of health-oriented livestock farmers, GEVS, and supporting young private veterinarians who are starting their business.
MINEPIA has taken upon itself, from this starting year, to carry out an awareness-raising and information campaign in the field in a bid to hit targeted goals. Such an approach aims at engaging and encouraging participation from various stakeholders in this multi-annual operation. The government also wants to make it a case of unprecedented success in Central Africa. The objective has to do with stimulating neighbouring countries to follow suit, especially Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo Brazzaville and even Nigeria.