authorities have lifted a ban on butcheries and livestock movement after
vaccinating 5,000 cattle against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) , a viral disease of cloven
The District Veterinary Department had closed butcheries and put a ban on livestock
movement after an outbreak of the disease in the neighbouring
districts, more than two weeks ago. Dr Paul Mbago, the
District Veterinary Officer said the decision was based on reports that the viral disease had already ravaged livestock in the
neighbouring districts of Kiruhura, Kazo and Ibanda.
The government had also imposed a quarantine on five districts in southwestern
Uganda following the new outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The affected
districts included Gomba, Isingiro, Kazo, Kiruhura and Sembabule where the
disease has been detected in many herds.
Restrictions on the movement of livestock was also imposed on another 24 districts, including Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono, which
are named among the areas at a high risk of an outbreak. The
others include Kalungu, Kiboga, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Kyotera,
Koboko, Mbarara, Lyantonde, Masindi, Nakaseke, Rakai, Nakasongola and
But Mbago says
that after vaccinating the cattle in the high-risk Sub Counties of Bihanga,
Nkoma, and Nkoma-Katalyeba town council, the authorities no longer see the reason for the
restrictions in Kamwenge.
in; “We have vaccinated…
out… Ibanda district.”//
the Vice-Chairperson of Kamwenge Town Council Abattoir Users’ Association, has
welcomed the decision by the veterinary officer, saying the closure of
butcheries had taken a toll on their income.
The restriction on livestock movement
in Kamwenge district had already caused a hike in beef prices in the neighbouring
Kyenjojo district from 14,000 to
16,000 Shillings. Butchers were projecting the prices to hike further if the
restrictions remained in place.
Foot and Mouth Disease has occurred several times in Uganda since 1953 when it
was first confirmed. It is characterized by fever and blister-like
sores on the tongue and lips, in the mouth, on the teats and between the
hooves. The disease causes severe production losses,
and while the majority of affected animals recover, the disease often leaves
them weakened and highly unproductive.