Health camp at Orang National park

I organized a fringe area livestock vaccination and camp elephant treatment camp for 3 days in Orang National Park, from 29th of April till 1st of May, 2017. Nine of my colleagues, PG students and internees accompanied me to render their services in the camp. We visited door to door in the evenings and early mornings to vaccinate the livestock: cattle and buffaloes and covered as many as five villages on the northern fringe of the park. These animals have potential to spread diseases to the wildlife of the park, so it is necessary to immunize them against the infectious diseases that also affect wild hoovestock. We vaccinated them against Haemorrhagic  septicaemia  (HS) and Black quarter (BQ), two dreaded bacterial diseases, that cause huge economic loss to the poor farmers, which may lead some of them to look towards the park for sustenance: firewood, and in worst case scenario, connive with poachers.

During the daytime, on 30th April and 1st of May I conducted the routine health checkup camps for the camp elephants of the park. On 30th we held two camps; one at the Range office premises and the other at Nichlamari in which 5 and 12 elephants were presented for examination and treatment.  Second day a mega camp was organized at Saat simalu where some 20 elephants were presented. We carried out fecal examination of all the elephants on the spot and collected venous blood samples for haematological, biochemical and blood parasitic examinations back in my institutions. All the elephants received anthelmintic medication as per findings of the stool examination, vaccination against HS and BQ, Restorative supports like Vit-Min mixtures, B-Complex and inorganic phosphorus supplimentations. Two tuskers namely Arjun and Chakraddhaj were sedated for trimming of their convergent tusks that were causing impediments in freeing their trunks. The feet of all the animals were examined closely and pedicure provided when necessary.

Another objective of the camp was to provide hands on training to the new generation of vets that appeared to have motivated for wildlife healthcare. It was a successful program.

-KK Sarma

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