According to Latek, the district has written another letter to MAAIF seeking more vaccines in order to cover the entire district, adding that the only communication they received is that their request is yet to be granted.
Thousands of cattle in Gulu are battling the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) as the district awaits
the delivery of additional 6000 doses of vaccines by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animals Industries,
and Fisheries (MAAIF). The high contagious FMD broke out in
the district in August this year affecting thousands of cattle.
As a result, the
MAAIF through Dr Anna Rose Ademun, the
commissioner of Animal Health announced quarantine on September 3rd,
2021 to contain the spread of the disease. Gulu District Veterinary Department then requested 10,000 doses from the Ministry to vaccinate cattle against the disease but only received 4,000 in mid-September.
The district disbursed
the vaccines to the most
affected areas including Palaro,
Awach and Paicho Sub Counties, which have been used up. Now, Stephen Odong Latek, the Gulu Resident
District Commissioner, says that farmers are still stuck with thousands of unvaccinated livestock yet
they want the quarantine lifted.
According to Latek, the district has written another letter to
MAAIF seeking more vaccines in order to cover the entire district, adding that the only communication they
received is that their
request is yet to be granted.
He explains that due to the restriction of livestock
movements, many farmers are now transporting their animals in the night using the routes through
Lamwo and Amuru districts.
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Nelson Mandela, the Local Chairperson of Oroko Village in Palaro Sub County, says that dozens of animals have died in his area due to FMD with hundreds of others on the verge of dying. He also notes that the livestock quarantine and suspension of slaughterhouses have greatly affected those
whose livelihoods rely on the livestock
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