Express News Service
KOCHI: The Covid-19 pandemic has brought attention to the concept of ‘One Health’, which recognises the interdependence of human and animal health. Many microbes infect both animals and humans as they share the same eco system. In this scenario, livestock healthcare gains more significance. Keeping this in mind, a mobile veterinary hospital and pet saloon were recently started. The facility is being operated by Kudumbashree’s Alangad ABC unit. The concept of a multi-speciality veterinary hospital on wheels was put forward by Priya Prakashan, a veterinary nurse, livestock inspector and lab technical assistant with 11 years of experience.
“During my work with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, I was involved in the survey of poultry and livestock farmers. Animal health service delivery is a major challenge many of them face. Transporting livestock to hospitals is often difficult considering road traffic and lack of vehicles large enough to carry them. The alternative of calling a veterinarian home too has limitations, including portability of medical equipment,” said Priya, who has been the part of Alangad unit of ABC project since 2018. This prompted her to explore the possibility of a fully-equipped hospital.Soon, she submitted a proposal before the ‘Agri Clinic and Agri-Business Centre’ entrepreneurship programme of NABARD and MANAGE, Hyderabad, held at Kerala Agriculture University.
The mobile hospital has 10 staff, including two veterinary doctors. It is equipped with facilities for disease diagnosis and treatment, besides an operation theatre, scanning and laboratory facility. They