Early this year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries dispatched a total of 20,000 doses of vaccines to the Nakaseke district to enable pastoralists to vaccinate their heads of cattle against Foot and Mouth Disease.
File Photo ; Cattle drinking water at Wabbale dam located in Nakasongola town
More than 13,000
doses of vaccines that were dispatched to Nakaseke district to vaccinate cattle
against Foot and Mouth Disease are still lying idle.
Early this year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries
dispatched a total of 20,000 doses of vaccines to Nakaseke district to enable
pastoralists to vaccinate their heads of cattle against Foot and Mouth Disease.
Fred Rwabirinda the Nakaseke District Secretary for Production explains that
the district has been able to administer only 7,000 doses and the 13,000 doses
are still lying idle just a month before they expire.
Rwabirinda says that the pastoralists had been reluctant to vaccinate their
animals but the district has directed veterinary officers to conduct mandatory
vaccinations so that they can utilize all the vaccines before they expire.
Joel Mwine Bashaija the District Councillor for Ngoma sub-county says that the
pastoralists shunned the vaccination exercise because vaccines were brought
during the dry season and the animals’ immunity was low due to lack of pasture
Bashaija said that others feared that animals may even die if they vaccinate
them around this dry season.
Jonah Kanyomozi the District councilor for Ngoma town council says that other
pastoralists also feared that due to low immunity over drought season, some
animals may experience pregnancy losses.
Bashaija and Kanyomoozi Luganda Byte
//Cue in: “ Enkuba eno …
Cue out;…endowooza eyo”//
Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka the LCV Chairperson of Nakaseke District says that some
pastoralists are reluctant to vaccinate their animals because there is no
reported FMD outbreak in the area.
However Koomu says that the rainfall has since set in, they have directed that
no animal should be sold within cattle markets before vaccination as a strategy
to compel pastoralists to embrace the exercise.
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Cue out;…go bad”//
// Cue in: “Ekizibu kyetulina…
Cue out;….ente ezo”//
The sub-counties of Kinyogogga, Ngoma, Kinoni sub-counties, and Ngoma town
council among others in Nakaseke suffer losses of revenue annually over
quarantines imposed over the repeated outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease.
It is believed that each month, the local governments lose more than 11 million
shillings from cattle markets due to the quarantines.
Vaccination is the major strategy to save pastoralists and local governments
Foot and Mouth Disease is a severe, highly contagious viral
disease. The virus causes illness in cows, pigs, sheep, goats, deer, and
other animals with divided hooves.
An infected animal presents with loss of appetite, sticky or foamy saliva, reluctance to move, fever, and blisters on the tongue, mouth, and foot.