Catherine Kamwiine, the Lyantonde Resident District Commissioner, says that the task force is stranded due to a lack of funds. She adds that they may lose the fight against the pandemic without funds to run different operations mainly testing and follow-up on patients in hard-to-reach communities.
It is said that Paul Kivumagana died from a strange ailment in 1921 and his body was buried in the hospital cemetery after failing to trace his family members. But the family now says that the spirit of the deceased is haunting them, as he demands a decent burial.
Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantonde District Veterinary Officer-DVO, says that they have vaccinated animals on several farms in Kanshagama, which was the most affected. The FMD resurgence found the vaccination campaign ongoing prompting the veterinary officers to expedite the exercise.
According to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the District Veterinary Officer (DVO), more than 500 animals especially cows and goats are infected adding that they decided to close all beef, mutton, goat’s meat butcheries, pork joints and meat-roasting stalls and cattle markets to control the spread.
The strain has been identified to be Black Quarter, an infection which stacks the animal’s muscles and blocks blood flow in the veins causing its sudden death. Research shows that the infection is mainly caused by contaminated pasture.
Catherine Kamwine, the Lyantonde Resident District Commissioner and District Security Committee Chairperson announced the ban on hawking and roadside vending on Wednesday so to as to reduce human contact.
According to Dr. Obbo, their investigations show that most of the brokers are retired commercial sexual workers who were pushed out of the business because of age or diseases and know how to evade authorities.
Philemon Graver Timitegyereze, the coordinator Lions Diabetic Retinopathy Project, one of the partners in the health camp advises Ugandans to go for routine medical checkups because some eye diseases like diabetic nephropathy cannot be detected without medical examination.
Dr. Obbo explains that their inadequacies range from limited quantities of the required medicines and drugs, specialised testing equipment and reagents as well as protective gears for the health workers attending to patients.