Hoima Lifts Animal Quarantine

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According to Dr. Ntume, the disease is still prevalent in some animals in Kayira village believed to have originated from Kalisizo in Rakai district. He assured residents that the meat on the market is safe for human consumption, saying it has been inspected approved by the department for sale.

Hoima District Veterinary Department has lifted the animal quarantine imposed on four Sub counties. In March, Hoima District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Barnabas Ntume imposed quarantine on Kigorobya, Buseruka, Kabwoya, Bugambe and Kizirafumbi Sub counties following the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.


 
He also ordered the closure of livestock markets in the four sub counties to contain the spread of the disease.  Dr. Ntume told URN on phone this morning that they have lifted the quarantine except from Kayira village in Buseruka Sub County.

 
According to Dr. Ntume, the disease is still prevalent in some animals in Kayira village believed to have originated from Kalisizo in Rakai district. He assured residents that the meat on the market is safe for human consumption, saying it has been inspected approved by the department for sale.


 
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a contagious viral disease which affects cattle, deer, sheep and goats amongst others.  Symptoms include fever, blisters in the mouth and feet, loss and appetite, quivering lips and frothing of mouth among others. While there is no proper treatment, the disease is controlled by imposing restriction in animal movements from affected areas.

 

About the author

Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.