Foot and mouth disease among cattle in the district was the main issue at the general meeting of the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) held here, on Thursday.
Opposition leader Basavaraju raised the issue by pointing out that adequate treatment for the infected cattle was not available and most of them were dying. Member Vasantha said, nine cattle had succumbed to the disease in Kennalu village alone. “The veterinary doctors do not turn up as promised, to continue treatment for the cattle, after their first visit,” she said.
Members from all the taluks explained how the farmers were affected due to the disease among cattle.
Veterinary department Deputy Director Dr Prasad Murthy said, the disease has been brought under control in K R Pet and Nagamanagala taluks and steps were taken in Pandavapura taluk to put a check on it. He said, “Sixty cattle have succumbed to the disease in the district. Immunisation has been provided to 2.65 lakh cattle. However, it is only 10 per cent achievement. Last year, by the end of the financial year, 54 per cent target had been achieved”.
Some members urged for compensation towards the deceased cattle. However, Dr Prasad Murthy said, there was no provision to provide compensation. Agriculture Standing Committee president Sathish directed the officials to submit a report on the death of cattle. He said, a compensation of Rs 2,000 each would be provided from the president’s fund.
Another issue that rocked the meeting was Dengue fever. Basavaraju said, no treatment was available for the disease in the district and all cases were referred to private hospitals in Bangalore and Mysore.
The members pointed out that people were spending lakhs of rupees, some were even selling properties to mobilise funds, to save their near and dear ones.
Member Dr Shankaregowda challenged a report submitted by the health department officials, which stated that people were going to private hospitals voluntarily. He sought details about treatment provided to the disease in government hospitals.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr Marigowda said, 328 persons were infected with Dengue fever in the district and three persons have succumbed to it. “Precautionary measures have been taken to check the disease,” he said.