Uganda: Extend Foot and Mouth Disease Quarantine, Luweero Leaders Demand

 Local Council leaders from two sub-counties which are currently under quarantine to stop the spread of foot and mouth disease in Luweero District, have demanded a sustainable immunisation campaign targeting all sub-counties in the district. The leaders argue that the ongoing exercise only targets animals in Nyimbwa Sub-county and Bombo Town Council, but butchers and cattle traders continue to transport animals in neighbouring sub-counties, which is contrary to the set guidelines.

“We have tried to sensitise cattle owners in Nyimbwa Sub-county to adhere to the set guidelines including the immunisation programme for all the animals, but many butchers secretly continued to sell meat to customers outside the restricted areas. We believe the immunisation campaign should be extended to other areas like Kalagala, Katikamu, Makulubita and Bamunanika,” Mr Livingstone Nyakairu, the Nyimbwa Sub-county chairperson told Daily Monitor on Wednesday

Bombo Town Council chairperson Aisha Ndagire said cattle dealers within the town council need more sensitisation because some of their meat also ends up in other markets outside Bombo Town.

About the disease

In June, government imposed a quarantine in five sub-counties of Luweero and Nakaseke districts to contain the foot and mouth disease which had been detected by the district veterinary team. The affected sub-counties include; Nyimbwa and Bombo Town Council-both in Luweero District and Wakyato, Kinoni and Ngoma sub-counties in Nakaseke District .

The new cattle quarantine came barely a month after the Ministry of Agriculture lifted the ban after containing FMD which broke out in November 2014. The first

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