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Free UNMISS peacekeepers veterinary camp in India wins hearts and minds in Renk

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Free UNMISS peacekeepers veterinary camp in India wins hearts and minds in Renk

We do not have veterinary services nearby and these camps are invaluable to the local population as we receive much needed support and knowledge.

JUBA, South Sudan, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

Raising animals is one of the main sources of income for local communities across South Sudan.

However, people often do not have access to adequate veterinary support to ensure that livestock remain healthy.

Indian veterinarians working for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently organized a free camp for cattle herders in Renk County, Upper Nile State.

Peacekeepers went door-to-door to raise awareness of basic animal health practices and treated some 2,204 cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys for various ailments including parasite infestations, diarrhea, anemia , pneumonia, ticks, etc.

Nyial Lating, a local cattle rancher was grateful for the expertise and care his animals received from Indian peacekeepers. “Healthy cattle allow me to put food on my children’s table,” Nyial reveals. “I thank the UNMISS vets for taking the time to treat all my animals.

“We do not have veterinary services nearby and these camps are invaluable to the local population as we receive much needed support and knowledge,” he continued.

Bashier Yagob, another cattle owner agrees.

“This free vet camp fills a huge gap for breeders here,” says Bashier. “Not only have our animals received treatment for many ailments, but we have also learned how to keep them healthy, especially during the rainy season. “

For Lt. Col. Phillip Varghese of the Indian contingent, helping local communities is the main motivation.

“Our veterinary team is constantly engaging with members of the community so that we know how we can best serve them,” he says. “Our goal is always to build the capacity of animal owners so that they can take care of their livestock themselves,” continues Lt. Col. Varghese.

“The warm welcome we receive from members of the community makes us believe that we, as Blue Berets, are doing what we came here for: making a fundamental difference in their lives. “

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