Building Consensus for improved camel health management in Samburu District I Kenya

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2010
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Ministry of Livestock Development
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A participatory epidemiological study was carried out to analyse the prevailing camel health constraints as basis for formulation of improved guidelines to increase productivity and alleviate the livelihoods of the pastoralists. The methods used were; focused group discussions, direct observations, institutional mapping and pair-wise ranking and feedback workshops. The results showed the Turkana and Samburus kept camels for household use with limited commercial returns. Animal health was considered the major constraint to camel management in Opiroi, Lpusi and Logetei sites. Plant poisoning, ticks, and mange were ranked the most important constraints in Opiroi Lpusi and Logetei areas respectively. Other important clinical conditions and diseases listed were: of, nasal discharge with cough, glands, diarrhoea and pyogenic open wound in the cranium. Use of conventional veterinary drugs and traditional remedies were practiced to alleviate health constraints. During the feedback workshops there was consensus that there was need for improved animal health provider services complemented by pastoral participation to reduce losses and improve camel productivity.
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