Indian Peacekeepers educating and empowering locals in South Sudan
On July 16, 2018, the Indian Battalion serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) organized veterinary camp and other social activities in Wau Shilluk County. Realising the lack of veterinary facilities in the area, Indian Peacekeepers conducted the Veterinary camp. In addition, a training workshop was also organised along with UN Human Rights Division to educate local women in making bio filters using locally available materials.
A meeting was held with Gumo Mayik Ayeng, County Commissioner, Wau Shilluk County in which he expressed lack of medical facilities for livestock and requirement of regular check and treatment of livestock at Wau Shilluk. In addition, he also stressed upon the lack of potable water availability, as Nile River water is not fit for drinking.
Indian Veterinary team, led by WO G R Rao examined and treated more than 250 animals. The focus was also on to educate the owners of livestock about prevention of diseases and healthy rearing and breeding practices to be followed to ensure a healthy animal. Indian Veterinary team also compiled a handbook on "Common Diseases Cattle and Calves" giving a pictorial description of common diseases and remedies for cattle and calves. The same handbook was presented to Gumo Mayik Ayeng, County Commissioner, Wau Shilluk County during his visit to the veterinary camp. He interacted with the veterinary team of Indian Battalion and owners of the livestock and enquired about the health issues of the animals. On this occasion, the Commissioner said, "We are very grateful to Indian Veterinary team for their real concern about the health of livestock of Wau Shilluk. They are putting serious efforts towards extending veterinary cover to animals and guiding the owners for prevention and control of the diseases. Their initiative, technical efficiency and enthusiasm are praiseworthy".
A workshop headed by Maj Sandeep Kadian was also organised to educate the local women about the importance of purification of water and construction of bio filter using locally available material such as sand, aggregate and charcoal. The workshop was attended by a total of 25 women including the Women County Head of Wau Shilluk. After witnessing the demonstration of making a bio filter, some local volunteer women also joined the team in making bio filter. The entire workshop was well appreciated by the locals. Gumo Mayik Ayeng, County Commissioner, Wau Shilluk also visited the workshop. During his visit the Commissioner said, "We are indebted to INDBATT1 for conducting such a useful and important workshop about water purification and construction of bio filters as we all are aware of the grave water borne diseases prevalent in the area and unhealthy condition of Nile River water".
The Veterinary aid camp and workshop were highly successful with active participation of locals. Owners of the livestock expressed their gratitude for caring after the health of their animals. "We are very thankful to the UNMISS peacekeepers for their continuous efforts in improving the health of the animals and educating us about bio filters. We are sure that this will help us in improving our living standards. We are also optimistic that the efforts taken by Indian peacekeeper will continue in future also," said a local.
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Gathering of Officials and locals with bio filter.
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Demonstration of construction of bio filter.
Distribution of veterinary medicines to livestock owners at Padit Village(Wau Shilluk).
Presenting Booklet to County Commissioner.
Active participation of locals.
Indian veterinary team at work.