Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantonde District Veterinary Officer-DVO, says that they have vaccinated animals on several farms in Kanshagama, which was the most affected. The FMD resurgence found the vaccination campaign ongoing prompting the veterinary officers to expedite the exercise.
More than 50,000
cows and 15,000 goats have so far been vaccinated in Lyantonde district in a
campaign to control the spread of Foot-and-Mouth disease-FMD. This comes about two weeks after the district confirmed the
outbreak of the highly contagious FMD in more than 20 districts including
Among the control measures announced by the district is the
ban on the movement and sale of livestock and animal products especially in
Kanshagama sub-county. Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantonde District Veterinary
Officer-DVO, says that they have vaccinated animals on several farms in
Kanshagama, which was the most affected.
The FMD resurgence found the vaccination
campaign ongoing prompting the veterinary officers to expedite the exercise.
//Cue: “We have so
Cue out:…………….small money for feeding.”//
He says the exercise has reached 95 percent in Kanshagama,
adding that they have extended the free program to other sub-counties
especially in communities near Kiruhura district.
//Cue: “Vaccination as I speak………...............
Cue out:…………….Lyantonde with Kiruhura.”//
Rukiya Nayiga, the Kanshagama Sub-county Veterinary Officer,
says that they have already set up different points to disinfect animal trucks
and vehicles that operate within.
She says that the disinfection is to
supplement the ongoing vaccination to eliminate the disease from the
Nayiga explains that after putting the sub-county under
total quarantine, they went on to train livestock farmers, residents, and other
stakeholders about the dangers of FMG and how to control it.
According to Nayiga, they are following intelligence
information to track farmers and livestock dealers who transport animals at
night and others who bring animals from other sub-counties.
She says they are
cooperating with local leaders, community members, police, and other security
agencies to ensure people follow the guidelines.
//Cue: “Buli LC yekozeemu omulimu……….........
efulumyemu era lwaaki.”//
At least 10 people have been arrested for violating the
quarantine guidelines in Lyantonde since last week. Other districts
under quarantine are Ssembabule, Kalungu, Rakai, Kampala, Gomba, Wakiso,
Kiboga, Kiruhura, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Kyotera, Koboko, Bukedea, Mbarara,
Masindi, Mukono,Nakaseke, Nakasongolo, Rubirizi, Ibanda, and Serere.