Hana’s owner, Killion Banda, brought her to SPANA’s mobile clinic after wounds appeared across her donkey’s chest. SPANA vet Dr Andy examined the painful wounds, which had been caused by an ill-fitting donkey harness with poor padding that had rubbed constantly on Hana’s skin. He cleaned the wounds and applied zinc oxide paste to protect them and promote healing.
Killion had tried to pad Hana’s harness with old rags, but was advised to use softer material in future, such as soft cotton padding, which is available cheaply. The SPANA team also taught Killion how to apply the zinc oxide paste and advised him to rest Hana until the wounds had healed completely.
Killion, who relies on Hana to help him earn enough money to feed his wife, three young children and send his younger brother to school, was extremely grateful for SPANA’s help. He said:
‘I am happy that SPANA have taught me the importance of proper harnessing for the well being of my donkey. The donkey is my only source of income and I would not want to lose her. Keep up the tremendous work you are doing for our community.’