Jackson Lakor, the Gulu District Production Officer says that the vaccines from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries will target cattle in the most affected areas in Palaro and Awach Sub –Counties. He says the vaccination exercise shall commence on Wednesday.
has received 4,000 foot and mouth disease vaccine doses.
Jackson Lakor, the Gulu District Production Officer says that the vaccines from
the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries will target cattle in
the most affected areas in Palaro and Awach Sub –Counties. He says the
vaccination exercise shall commence on Wednesday.
According to Lakor, the doses are inadequate since Gulu District has over
60,000 cattle. Lakor says they have placed a request to the Ministry for more
Francis Wokorach, the Chairman of Palaro Sub –County in Gulu District
revealed that the disease was first detected in his area in August this year
and that it has so far killed dozens of cattle. He explains that the most
affected areas in Palaro Sub –County are Ongedu and Agoro-Yella Parishes.
Wokorach added that the vaccination of the animals shall start on Wednesday with
Labwor –omor and Oceto –aka Parishes followed by Oroko and Mede Parishes on
Thursday. He blamed the outbreak of the disease on the cattle keepers who
ferried some animals from other parts of the country.
Stephen Gang, a Livestock Farmer in Palaro Sub –County in Gulu District says
when his neighbour lost 14 animals to foot and mouth disease, he immediately
bought vaccines and vaccinated all his 70 cattle, an intervention which was
late since all the animals had already been infected.
According to Gang, he bought antibiotics and treated the animals and none of
the animals died from his farm.
// Cue in: “Barely two days…
Cue out …buy some drugs.” //
Gang appealed to the district authorities to impose a strict quarantine in the
most affected areas and that the vaccines should also be provided promptly to
the farmers since most of them do not have enough money to buy the vaccines by
Richard Button Opwonya, another farmer in Palaro Sub –County says though none
of his animals has been affected, he has taken strict measures on his animals
be restricting the movements that would expose them to infection.
On September 3rd, the Ministry of Agriculture
through Dr Anna Rose Ademun, the Commissioner of Animal Health imposed a
quarantine in Awach and Paicho Sub –Counties in Gulu District following the
outbreak of foot and mouth disease.