District Wants Ban on Beef, Animal Movement Lifted

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Dr. Charles Noki, the Alebtong district veterinary officer says a total of 4,887 animals have been vaccinated in the affected and neighbouring areas.
Once the viral disease is reported it takes 90 days for vaccination before lifting quarantine but Dickens Kennedy Odongo, the Alebtong District LCV chief says they have contained it.

Alebtong district Local Government has petitioned the ministry of Agriculture seeking for the lifting of quarantine imposed about four months ago following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the area.
 
This was the second time within a spate of less than two years that the outbreak is reported in Alebtong district.
 
In June 2012, the ministry slapped a ban on animal movement and sales of beef in the area after the disease was reported in the Sub Counties of Awei, Abako, Omoro, Anara and Amugu.
 
It was later contained after about five months. And the ban was subsequently lifted by the ministry.
 
Now the district has asked the ministry Agricultural ministry to consider lifting the ban after it was slapped in June this year.
 
The outbreak was reported in the Sub Counties of Abia, and Omoro, and Amuge all at the border of Amuria district in Teso Sub region.
 
Dr. Charles Noki, the Alebtong district veterinary officer says a total of 4,887 animals have been vaccinated in the affected and neighboring areas.
 
Once the viral disease is reported it takes 90 days for vaccination before lifting quarantine but Dickens Kennedy Odongo, the Alebtong District LCV chief says they have contained it.
 
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Odongo says they have written to the ministry requesting for the ban to be lifted.
 
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He says massive vaccination of all animals in the affected and neighbouring areas was conducted.
 
All animal markets including Ajuri, Apala and Amugu were also blocked from sales of animals.
 
It's only the livestock and entomology commissioner at the ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Chris Rutebarika with powers only upon verification to lift the ban.
 
Last week, Commissioner Rutebarika warned the authorities against allowing illegal movement of animals and sales of beef in the affected areas.
 
Cloven-hoofed animals like cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are the majority victims of the viral disease.

The outbreak has occurred  28 districts including Soroti, Ngora, Kumi, Bukedea and Mbale districts.

Foot-and-mouth disease is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects hoofed animals.
 
The virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause disability.
 
The disease affects the mouth of the animal, thereby making feeding difficult, leading to retarded growth and low milk production.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.