for some Senegalese, a high-risk Tabaski ~ #REUTERS:

For the feast of Eid, or Tabaski, every Senegalese should have a sheep. But some sellers settle without strict hygiene measures.

Senegalese health officials have taken precautionary measures to ensure that the Eid celebrations do not result in more cases of the coronavirus.

According to Dr Mamadou Ousseynou Sakho, the secretary general of the Ministry of Livestock, a health security protocol has been put in place. The protocol, which aims to bring order to the points of sale, includes barrier measures that must now be observed by sheep sellers.

“This protocol, we shared it in a coordination meeting and we distributed it to the 250 veterinary stations, the 45 departmental and 14 regional so that this protocol is truly followed in a rigorous manner”, underlines number 2 of the breeding department.

In addition to these strict barrier measures, the protocol also incorporates guidelines for veterinarians, explains Dr Sakho. According to him, veterinary agents are well equipped to “participate in awareness raising” in order to “curb the spread” coronavirus and so “to break up” the chain of transmission.

On the ground, however, the reality is mixed. If the pandemic of the new coronavirus has left a lasting impression on many sheep sellers, the exceptional measures imposed by the disease are not respected by some.

Dane Gning, sheep seller, explains the precautions taken to ensure the safety of animals and customers.

Each sheep is followed by a veterinarian and the barrier measures are respected with the physical distancing applied even to the animals. On arrival, each sheep is put away for two days to see if it does not suffer from disease before putting it in the herd.

“Customers are also afraid if the barrier measures are not respected and we do our best to make them comfortable by complying with the barrier gestures”, said Dane Gning proudly.

Other sheep sellers are less careful than Dane Gning.

In Guediawaye, in the suburbs of Dakar, barrier measures are only rarely respected and sellers like Alpha Deme assume them.

In its point of sale, no measures are applied to guarantee the safety of customers and animals. On the sanitary side, also little effort is provided by Alpha which has “just vaccinated” sheep but “there is no more follow-up” since he joined his point of sale.

“To be honest, we have even forgotten the existence of the coronavirus”, admits the seller.

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Source: Reuters-VOA.

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