Pradeep Pattanayak

With the veterinary doctors on strike since January 18, livestock healthcare services have been severely affected across the state. 

A cattle-rearer, Tarun Kumar Samal of Nuahata village under Banarpal block in Angul district has been visiting from one veterinary hospital to another, seeking treatment for his calf. The calf was born with its anus closed. Because of this, it was experiencing a lot of pain. On Monday, carrying the calf in his arms, he visited the Angul District Collector’s office seeking the Collector’s intervention. 

“Our calf will die without getting treatment. If animals are not getting treatment, what will be the condition of human beings,” rued Tarun Kumar Samal’s mother.   

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Similarly, a well-known poultry farmer in the Sailang area under the Ghasipura block of Keonjhar district, Prashant Sa said hundreds of chickens in his farm have died without getting timely service and he would suffer a huge loss if the situation continues. 

“Without timely treatment, 400 country chickens have died, causing a loss of Rs 2 lakh,” said Sa. 

A group of animal lovers in Jajpur’s Vyasanagar are taking care of a cow who suffered a spinal cord injury in a road mishap. They said the ailing cow requires immediate doctor intervention. 

“The mute animal is suffering from unspeakable pain. We are taking care of it but we can’t treat it. The veterinary doctors are on strike,” said Soumyakant Bal, an animal lover in Vysanagar. 

On the other hand, cattle-rearers on Tuesday took out a rally in Bolangir town and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister.