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CM Shah allows to establish cattle markets across Sindh

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

15th Jul, 2020. 03:34 pm
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Murad Ali Shah

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah allowed establishing cattle markets across the province ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

According to the details,  the decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Syed Murad Ali Shah here in Karachi.

The meeting decided that cattle markets across the province would be allowed to set up with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He said that mobile teams will be deployed at cattle markets which will conduct coronavirus tests of buyers and traders visiting the markets for the purchase of sacrificial animals.

It may be recalled that on June 23, the Punjab government has banned the setting up of cattle markets in Lahore and said that SOPs related to cattle markets would be clarified in a few days.

In view of the growing outbreak of Coronavirus, markets in cities will be set up in remote areas, while cattle markets will not be set up in major cities on Eid-ul-Azha.

Meanwhile, The National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued the health advisory regarding the prevention from the novel coronavirus ahead of Eid ul Adha 2020.

NIH has warned the movement of sacrificial animals could increase the risk of spreading of coronavirus.

Eid ul Adha could amplify the risk of coronavirus spreading as crowds are expected to gather in markets to buy animals.

The NIH added these animals also risk spreading the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) due to increased human-animal interaction, commonly found in these animals.

The advisory, alerted various stakeholders including human and animal healthcare providers to take timely steps for the prevention and control of CCHF and COVID-19.

The advisory lists several instructions that need to be adopted for the prevention and control of CCHF since there is currently no vaccine available for the disease.

The instructions include use of full sleeves and light-colored clothes, gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizers, practicing of social distancing during a visit to cattle markets; frequent hand-washing and hand sanitization to disinfect and clean hands; avoidance of all crowded places including large family gatherings during Eid and sacrifice of animals; and thorough washing of hands with soap after coming in contact with animals or their blood.

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