Monday, May 5, 2014

Vaccination of backyard chicken

We, at NJH, got onto a new frontier of community development last Saturday. We got into veterinary care in our surrounding villages. This was done on a pilot basis. 

As we met quite a few of our Self Help Groups and discussed on the best possible intervention which could improve their lives . . . what came up was quite surprising. 

As was mentioned in a previous post, the intervention was to look into vaccination of backyard chicken. 

We went ahead with the mass vaccination . . . Snaps from the exercise. 

We had a very enthusiastic group of medical students from the Christian Medical College, Vellore who had come to visit us as part of their Secondary Hospital Posting. They made our work so easy.

For old timers, we did this in Charwadih village. The process was not easy. 

The villagers told us that the best time for us to do the vaccination would be early morning. We reached at around 5 am. However, all the birds had gone out by then. In the villages, they don't have any separate coops for the fowl. They spend the night along with the families in their homes. 

Therefore, as soon as the family woke up and opened the doors in the morning, the chicken were also out and it was difficult to catch them. 

So, we went back in the evening. It was quite late. The reasoning was that we could do the vaccination when the chicken come back to the houses as soon as the sun sets. 

It worked. 

We vaccinated a total of 250 chicken . . . We pray and hope that they are all now protected from Ranikhet disease (Newcastle disease) which is quite rampant during the harsh summer. 

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