Mbale Regional Veterinary Hub Set for Renovation

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The Mbale regional veterinary hub is set for renovation. The upgrade would see this centre become fully fledged to carry out advanced livestock laboratory research.

The Mbale regional veterinary hub is set for renovation.  
In 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry ministry identified seven districts from different regions in the country to benefit from an upgrade program.
 
The upgrade would see these centres become fully fledged to carry out advanced livestock laboratory research.
 
The selected districts included; Moroto, Mbale, Mbarara, Lira, Arua, Kabarole and Arua. They are supposed to receive modern state of art laboratories to handle extreme virus research activities and consequently tackle various livestock diseases.
 
Mbale has long struggled to carry out its mandate. The building that houses the Mbale veterinary hub is in a dire state of disrepair. Staff complains of lack of means to transport samples and understaffing. 
 
The Mbale Veterinary Officer Micheal Wandukwa says the hub was built in 1928. Currently, it handles veterinary matters for 20 districts in eastern Uganda.
 
Wandukwa says the hub could create more jobs especially for laboratory technicians if fully renovated.
 
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With help from Food and Agricultural Organization, the Mbale hub has already been equipped with 2 refrigerators, cool boxes, gas cylinders in its laboratory.
 
Wandukwa says the agriculture ministry is undertaking the renovation in partnership with United States of America Defense Department.
 
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The Mbale regional veterinary hub has been forced to rely on the Entebbe and Makerere University virus research institutes.