This is Jean Claude and Mavisi
The health centres around the Mt Tshiaberimu gorilla habitat work extremely hard to provide effective medical care for the human population in this area. This is not only keeping the local population healthy but is also helping to keep disease out of the neighbouring forest and therefore away from the gorillas. Unfortunately however, domestic animals are hampering the fight against disease as their health is mostly ignored.
The Gorilla Organization is working with Conservation through Public Health (CTPH) to educate the local communities about the importance of keeping their domestic animals free of disease and an immunisation programme has begun.
- 46 dogs have been vaccinated against rabies in the communities of Kitolu, Burusi, Ngitse, Kaliro and Bumekeke
- 67 goats and sheep have been vaccinated against scabies in Kaliro and Burusi
From all of us at Mt Tshiaberimu we would like to say thank you for all the good will that has been shown to us and for the vaccines and antibiotics that have been provided to care for the animals in the region. However, some skin diseases occur in cattle throughout the area that we are currently unable to treat. We desperately need financial resources to investigate the disease and prevent it from spreading inside the gorilla habitat.
Thank you for listening and we will post on the blog again soon.