Foot-and-mouth disease is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild. The virus causes a high fever for between two to six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.
It has very severe implications for animal farming since it is highly infectious and can be spread by infected animals comparatively easily through contact with contaminated farming equipment, vehicles, clothing, feed, etc.
This disease affected 150 cattle and 20 goats from Birakhap village. Due to the lack of vaccination at the block level, a local veterinarian was charging a high price, which was quite costly for the community. After getting news about it, training was scheduled at the community level, which focused on herbal treatment and basics of livestock management. Herbal medicine which was prepared at low cost proved to be beneficial and its positivity was witnessed in Birakhap along with two nearby villages.
The positive impact of the training was:-
1. Saved the expense of the treatment through the veterinarian
2. Trained community on the preparation of herbal medicine.
3. Strengthening of the bond between the community and the Organization