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Kazo, Kiruhura Leaders Decry Lack of Manpower to Enforce FMD Quarantine

Dan Mukago, the LCV Chairperson Kiruhura district says that their request to the police leadership to avail the district with police personnel attached to the Agricultural Police Unit has fallen on deaf ears.
Cattle feeding on the dried up grass in Kiruhura District

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Leaders in Kazo and Kiruhura districts have decried the lack of enough manpower to enforce the Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD quarantine guidelines. 

Last year, the Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Ministry imposed a total quarantine following the reported cases of Foot and Mouth Disease. The restrictions included the closure of animal markets, the movement of animals within and outside the two districts among others. 

However, due to a lack of manpower and vehicle, the two districts are making it difficult to enforce the restrictions. 

Dan Mukago, the LCV Chairperson Kiruhura district says that their request to the police leadership to avail the district with police personnel attached to the Agricultural Police Unit has fallen on deaf ears.

He says he had also written to the Chief of Defence Forces-CDF for UPDF soldiers to enforce the movement of animals at night through porous routes. 

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Dr Grace Asiimwe, the Kiruhura District Veterinary officer says that the department has less than six staff that can’t enforce the restrictions. He also says that they have resorted to using police but also lack funds to facilitate them to move to the affected areas.

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Ruth Kashaka, chairperson of the Kazo district Foot and Mouth disease task force says they have written to police headquarters for a patrol vehicle for night patrols.

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Rev Samuel Mugisha, the LCV Chairperson Kazo District says that being a new district, the veterinary department lacks a vehicle for monitoring and surveillance.

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On Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries dispatched half a million doses of Fotivax, a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine. The doses will be distributed to 52 districts along the cattle corridor including Kiruhura, Lwengo, Kazo, Isingiro and Lyantonde.

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