A total of 29,690 animals were slaughtered during Eid al Adha, of which 116 kg was partially discarded and 7,226 kg partially because they were found to be unfit for consumption.
The municipal authorities had earlier warned the people against the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), a disease caused by a tick-borne virus, and asked them to avoid direct contact with animals for sacrifice.
The disease has seen several fatalities in the past.
“More people now prefer to bring the animals to slaughterhouses. They are more alert now; they must have realised how dangerous this disease is,” said a worker at a slaughterhouse.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has brought out a booklet advising the public on how to protect themselves from the virus, what to do when slaughtering animals and when they come in direct contact with animals for sacrifice.
The other agencies have backed the efforts to combat the disease. The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources had prepared slaughterhouses for Eid al Adha.
Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (Bea’h) ensured the safe and quick disposal of the remains of slaughter in the wilayats.
Three people died from CCHF and six were treated for the disease in early this year, the MoH had said earlier. It said the rise in CCHF cases was “notable” compared with the same period in 2016 when only three cases were reported.
Zainab al Nassri