Veterinary services at the farmers’ doorstep

Now farmers in Karnataka can call toll free number 1962 to avail emergency veterinary ambulance services

Now farmers in Karnataka can call toll free number 1962 to avail emergency veterinary ambulance services

The state government on Saturday reported 70 veterinary mobile ambulances to provide emergency services to domestic animals at farmers’ doorsteps.

Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai launched the facility.

Livestock Minister Prabhu Chavan said 275 animal ambulances would be deployed. In the first phase, 70 ambulances were delivered. The state has 290 lakh pets and on average an ambulance would provide service to one lakh pet.

The mobile veterinary services project would provide prompt treatment upon receiving free calls to 1962 at the livestock owner’s door and help maintain animal health, thereby increasing animal productivity, Chavan said. The Center financed the ambulance project. Similar projects had already been launched in Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Gujarat.

When a distress call from the cattle owner is received at any time of the day at the 1962 Emergency Response Center basic details are gathered and the information disseminated to the nearest ambulance . The ambulance, accompanied by the veterinarian and the assistant, goes to the door of the breeder, assesses the condition of the sick cattle and provides treatment on the spot.

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