In COVID times, Yogi govt plans help desks with oximeters, thermal scanners for cows

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The Uttar Pradesh government issued directions for all the districts to set up help desks for protection of cows, taking forward its cow protection agenda, amid the prevailing pandemic, reported IANS.

As per the report, the state government has also issued instructions that all the cow shelters must strictly follow the Covid-19 protocols, and has made the usage of masks and frequent thermal screening mandatory.

The cow shelters will also be equipped with all the medical equipment such as oximeters and thermal scanners for cows and other animals as well, as per the agency.

IANS quoting the official data reported, there are over 5,268 cow protection centres that have, till now, ensured the wellbeing of as many as 5,73,417 cattle in the state. About 4,64,311 cows in both villages and cities have been kept at 4,529 temporary cow shelters.

As per the report, the fodder bank model, developed by the UP government, is ensuring timely fodder through 3,452 fodder banks which are feeding lakhs of stray cattle in Uttar Pradesh amid the Covid crisis. So far, a total of 85,869 cows have been provided to 44, 651 beneficiaries. In addition, the well-being of over 1,05,380 cows has been ensured by 533 registered cowsheds and 377 functional cow shelters.

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