DPR Seeks Increased Oversight of Qurbani Animal Sales Sites!
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Ahead of Eid al-Adha, which will take place on July 10, 2022, the Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR), Puan Maharani, has requested the government to impose stronger control at venues selling Qurbani (sacrificial) animals.
Dpr Seeks Increased Oversight of Qurbani Animal Sales Sites!
In light of the growing number of reported cases of foot-and-mouth disease (also known as FMD), which primarily affects cattle, Maharani asserts that more stringent surveillance is required.
She announced this in a statement that was released on Friday here in this city. “Supervision must continue to be carried out until the very last second before Eid al-Adha so that the animals utilized for Qurbani are actually fit and healthy,” the statement read.
She went on to say that the Agriculture Offices in each region need to keep examining the locations where Qurbani animals are being sold in their respective areas.
A total of 334,213 farm animals have been infected with FMD, of which 114,998 have been declared recovered from the disease.
The Speaker of the DPR believes that the government should step up its efforts to combat FMD by intensifying the livestock vaccination program as part of its preventative measures. This is because, according to the most recent data, the disease has spread to 236 districts and cities in 21 provinces.
She emphasized that “the government must also pay attention to the needs of veterinary health personnel in regions.”
She went on to say that in order to improve vaccine coverage, there is a need to expand the number of people who provide vaccinations.
In addition to this, she expressed her approval for the initiative taken by the Ministry of Agriculture to include veterinary health workers from the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) in the immunization campaign.
According to her statements, the government might potentially include veterinary medical students by collaborating with educational institutions and initially offering training to the students.
“At this time, there are a total of three million doses of the FMD vaccine that are available across the nation as part of the initial phase. Despite this, the maximum number of vaccine doses that have been administered through distribution and injection has not yet been reached “Additionally, she said.
Due to the fact that some parties in several locations have refused the FMD vaccination program, Maharani made an appeal to farmers and cattle owners to participate in the program and vaccinate their animals.
She emphasized that the FMD vaccine has the potential to increase the resistance of animals to the disease.
In addition, she urged individuals to contact the local Agriculture Office if they came across animals that appeared to be in poor health and to be mindful when selecting animals for Qurbani so as to guarantee that their flesh was fit for human consumption.