Vet vacancies lie vacant in KMCSeptember 9, 2014
KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) is facing shortage of veterinaries against the growing need for e check up of a large number of animals in the city as Sindh government has stopped appointing Vet doctors for the department since 2008.
Director Veterinary Department Ashfaq Ali told PPI that at the moment KMC had only 6 doctors working in two slaughter houses to cater to the need of the entire city.
“Two doctors have died this year and other two have been retired as yet. A request has been submitted to the Sindh government for appointments on the vacant seats,” he said.
The director said that there were two slaughter houses which KMC had to deal. The main slaughter house was in Landhi where around 1000 to 1200 big animals, such as bulls, cows, and 350 to 400 small animals, such as sheep, goats, were slaughtered on daily basis, under the supervision of four vets. While, a total number of 350 to 400 animals were slaughtered in North Karachi slaughter house, which is relatively much smaller, under the supervision of two vets.
“The check up of such a large number of animals is conducted by mere watching the behaviour of the animals, their physical appearances and at most by touching and patting them,” told Ashfaq Ali who is also a vet.
Replying to a query, he told that operation against the meat sellers, who sell meat without getting the animals checked, was carried out by their teams regularly in order to save people from eating meat of sick animals.
“When deputy commissioner, who possesses magisterial powers, of the district accompanies our team, fine and punishment is announced then and there. In the other situation, our team takes legal action against them and tries to confiscate the meat, if not intercepted by people from political parties or other influential people,” he said.
Ali said that KMC had no role in examining the sacrificial animals in cattle markets. It was the responsibility of the relevant district municipal corporations.
Senior Director Veterinary Department Mehmood Hassan was also present on the occasion when the interview was being conducted.