The Nakasongola District Veterinary Officer Dr Sam Eswaggu says that the movement of animals and sale of their products in Kakooge town council have been restricted as they monitor the spread of the disease.
Dr. Hans Lokale, Head of Surveillance Moroto District COVID-19 Task Force. He says the two IGAD officials are undergoing the 14 day mandatory quarantine at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital. “We have quarantined them for the recommended 14 days and have taken their samples for screening for Covid19,” said Dr. Lokale.
Dr. Patrick Ndorwa, the Hoima District Veterinary Officer, says the ministry has finally lifted the livestock quarantine. He says the livestock traders and markets are free to resume their normal operations.
In a letter dated October 11th and written by Dr Kiconco Doris, the Commissioner Animal Health in the Ministry of Health, the quarantine will prohibit the sale, purchase, and restrict the movement of cattle, goats, sheep and pigs as well as their products.
The ban was announced last year after 138 head of cattle tested positive for Foot and Mouth Disease FMD, a severe and highly contagious viral livestock infection. The disease affects cattle and swine as well as sheep, goats, and other cloven-hoofed ruminants.
Sempijja accuses the local authorities for politicizing the livestock quarantine, which compromises efforts by the Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries Ministry to stamp out the foot and mouth disease from Isingiro district.
Major livestock markets in Rakai District may remain closed during the Christmas and New Year festive period if the quarantine imposed on them due to the presence of foot and mouth disease is not lifted.