The health officials of Arunachal Pradesh trekked over 14,000 ft above sea level on July 12 to give vaccination to the 16 grazers of Lugthang village, after they could not make it to a Covid-19 vaccination camp organised on May 19 at Domstang in Twang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The team has to trek for more than nine hours from the nearest motorable road at a place called Thingbu Hydel to reach their destination.
After reaching the spot, the team held a short meeting with the villagers the next morning after a night’s stay, before the 16 grazers were inoculated by the district reproductive and child health officer Rinchin Neema. Senior veterinary officer Thutan Tashi gave free medicines for diarrhoea, deworming and other ailments for the livestock.
Luguthang is close to the border with Tibet and is aerially 30 km from Twang. All 10 families, comprising 65 people in the village are yak grazers.
Incessant rain threatened to delay the trip of the vaccination team but Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok was determined to keep the date with the 16 “left out” grazers.
“A vaccination camp was organised at Domtsang on May 19. The grazers could not attend the vaccination camp. We have decided to reach their place to vaccinate all the grazers who have left during the camp. The weather plays a major hurdle for the team because of the Incessant rain but we are determined to reach their place,” said a health official.