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Catastrophic drought still being experienced in some parts of the county has significantly affected people especially those who depend on livestock as a form of investment.
According to Marsabit County 2016 Rapid Assessment Report released in October, 81 percent of the county residents depend on livestock for their livelihood, 16 percent are involved in agro pastoral practices while only 3 percent were dependent on fishing or employed.
Caritas Marsabit said it has succeeded to reach 427 families facing hunger and starvation in the county.
Caritas Programs Manager Godfrey Godana Guyo said currently the organization in collaboration with the department of livestock in the county aims to carry out free vaccination for livestock targeting areas experiencing rains to help avert more animal deaths.
“We were able to distribute foods such as rice, sugar and cooking oil to families affected. Also elders were given milk.”
According to Godana they are aiming to carry out house-to-house vaccination for livestock within the course of this week.
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“We will do mass livestock vaccination in association with county veterinary office to see how we can help people because now that it has rained, the livestock because they are too skinny cannot withstand the diseases.”
“This will help the remaining livestock to be healthy.”
“Again, veterinary staffs from the government will walk from one homestead to another to give the vaccine. That is what we are doing and we have also contacted other partners to see how we can help more people.”
Mostly affected groups include the elderly, children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Mostly affected places include Qorqa and El Beso in North Horr sub-county, Loiyangalani, Yaa Odhola, Kambi Nyoka among other areas.
However, the situation is expected to change with onset of rains currently experienced in several areas in the county.