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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 9, Special Issue 4 (2020)

Awareness of Kashmiri livestock owners with respect to public health issues, zoonosis and environmental hygiene in flood affected areas of Kashmir division (J&K, India)

Author(s):

Sanober Rasool, SA Hamdani, Aaliya Fayaz, Niha Iyman, Aasia Jan, Abdul Hai and AH Akhand

Abstract:
The state of Jammu and Kashmir was hit by severe floods in year 2014 which left a great impact on people as well as on the livestock. The present study was purposively carried out in Kashmir Division of Jammu and Kashmir state that was severely hit by devastating floods in September 2014. Among the various flood affected districts of Kashmir Division, the three districts namely Bandipora, Srinagar and Pulwama were purposively selected based on the highest inundation levels reported in these areas. The findings of the study revealed that, majority of the livestock owners (42.92%) reported that their animal carcasses were washed off with the gushing force of water during the floods. Interestingly, Government and municipal agencies provided very little help in carcass disposal during these floods. About (77.92%) of respondents from flood affected areas were unaware about the use of dead carcass for various industrial purposes. With respect to zoonotic diseases more than half of the respondents (53.33%) had awareness about disease transmission between vertebrate animals and human beings. Among the different zoonotic diseases, the majority (43.75%) had knowledge about foot and mouth disease followed by bird flu, rabies, brucellosis and bovine tb. However a low overall level of awareness was found with respect to various contaminated sources. Further the adoption of livestock rearing safety practices against zoonosis was found to be of medium level by majority of respondents (76.25%). Surprisingly, majority of the respondents (89.17%) believed that they had no knowledge about contamination of public health sanitation via dead animals while (41.67%) of the owners perceived the environmental hygienic practices followed by them of poor level. This overall gives a clear cut image of the lack of knowledge, ignorance and low awareness among the respondents with regard to public health, zoonosis and environmental hygiene issues in concern which inturn depicts that least number of awareness drives were held in this direction by concerned quarters.

Pages: 671-674  |  541 Views  159 Downloads

How to cite this article:
Sanober Rasool, SA Hamdani, Aaliya Fayaz, Niha Iyman, Aasia Jan, Abdul Hai and AH Akhand. Awareness of Kashmiri livestock owners with respect to public health issues, zoonosis and environmental hygiene in flood affected areas of Kashmir division (J&K, India). J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2020;9(4S):671-674.