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Nabilatuk District Rolls Out FMD Vaccines :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nabilatuk District Rolls Out FMD Vaccines

The District received 8,000 doses of vaccines for Foot and Mouth Disease, 5,500 doses of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) 14,000 doses of CCPP, 18,000 doses of PPR and 9,000 doses of sheep and goat pox.
Farmers in Nabilatuk district taking their cattle for vaccination

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Nabilatuk District has rolled out a livestock vaccination campaign after receiving the first batch of vaccines from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industries and Fisheries. (MAAIF).

The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization rolled out the livestock vaccination campaign in all the nine districts of Karamoja as an anticipatory action that is strategic, risk based and targeting livestock disease hotspots.

The District received 8,000 doses of vaccines for Foot and Mouth Disease, 5,500 doses of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) 14,000 doses of CCPP, 18,000 doses of PPR and 9,000 doses of sheep and goat pox.

Dr. David Ssendagire, the Nabilatuk district veterinary officer said that the vaccination campaign was triggered by early warning information in September that reported Foot and Mouth Disease in Nakapiripirit District.

He said that they launched the vaccination exercise on 24th, August 2023 at Nakobekobe cattle crush. Dr. Ssendagire said that the extension workers will be moving around the cattle kraals to administer the vaccines to the livestock.

He noted that they have so far vaccinated 9,000 cattle against Foot and Mouth Disease. Dr. Ssendagire added that the vaccination exercise is continuing until they receive another batch of vaccines for the second phase in the month of September.

//Cue in : '' for the first time........

Cue out : ''........in September."//

Joachim Loduk, the LC3 chairperson Sub county chairperson for Nabilatuk urged the farmers to embrace the exercise and demystified beliefs that vaccination of animals causes abortion amongst expectant animals.

Loduk noted that there are movements of pastoralists from one place to the other in search for water and pasture exposes their cattle to infections.

He said that vaccination of livestock would help to curb the spread of contagious diseases such as foot and mouth disease.

Kyeyune Ssenyonjo, the Nabilatuk Resident District Commissioner encouraged farmers to embrace the vaccination exercise. He said keeping livestock healthy is vital in Karamoja where households rely on cattle keeping for livelihood.

Ssenyonjo appealed to those who have not yet vaccinated their cattle to turn up for the exercise as this will be a measure to fight the spread of livestock diseases.

He cautioned them against cattle raiding a vice which is dominant in the District.

//Cue in : ''tell other farmers.......

Cue out : ''........by not raiding."//

The second vaccination exercise will be done in September 2023 and it will be extended to other sub-counties which have not been covered.