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Witchdoctor Wanted for Duping Kyotera Anthrax Patients Into Sorcery :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Witchdoctor Wanted for Duping Kyotera Anthrax Patients Into Sorcery

Ahmed Kateregga, the Deputy Masaka City Resident Commissioner overseeing the Kimanya-Kabonera division, confirms reports indicating Nansamba's attempts to mislead the community into believing that anthrax is a result of sorcery.

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The Greater Masaka Regional Security Committee has issued orders for the arrest of a witch doctor who allegedly diverted anthrax patients away from professional healthcare providers and into the realm of witchcraft. The accused, Sylvia Nansamba, Chairperson of traditional healers in Rakai district, stands accused of targeting anthrax patients in Kyotera district. She purportedly convinces them to reject professional medical care in favor of seeking sorcery.

 

Intelligence briefings to the regional security committee reveal that Nansamba, with the aid of her agents, has been luring unsuspecting anthrax patients from Kyotera and Rakai districts to her shrine in Kimanya cell, on the outskirts of Masaka City, where they are persuaded to pursue traditional healing methods. Ahmed Kateregga, the Deputy Masaka City Resident Commissioner overseeing the Kimanya-Kabonera division, confirms reports indicating Nansamba's attempts to mislead the community into believing that anthrax is a result of sorcery.

Kyotera district authorities have imposed a total ban on the movement and consumption of livestock and related products due to a confirmed anthrax outbreak that has affected both animals and humans. The disease has claimed 18 lives since last month, with at least 40 individuals hospitalized due to symptoms. Kateregga expresses concern over Nansamba's actions, asserting that she is impeding ongoing interventions to prevent the disease's further spread. 

Reports suggest she and her associates are spreading misconceptions, linking the disease to theft or the consumption of stolen beef, falsely claiming bewitchment as the cause. The regional security committee has directed the police to apprehend Nansamba and her network, charging them for obstructing efforts to curb the spread of this lethal disease. 

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Additionally, the committee has instructed the police to heighten surveillance to prevent the illegal movement of livestock and related products from the restricted area. Efforts to contact Nansamba for comment were unsuccessful as calls to her known lines went unanswered. 

Dr. John Lutaaya, the Kyotera District Veterinary Officer, confirms instructions given to parish surveillance committees to ensure strict adherence to all quarantine restrictions. 

He emphasizes the need for reporting all anthrax-related animal deaths to ensure proper disposal of carcasses through burial or incineration. Meanwhile, Dr. Lutaaya awaits the allocation of vaccines from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and  Animal Husbandry to conduct mass vaccinations for livestock against anthrax.             

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