Meat Inspectors Boycott Work in Gulu

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In short
Beef consumers in Gulu town are facing health risks after inspectors announced they would stop executing their roles citing political interference.

Beef consumers in Gulu town are facing health risks after inspectors announced they would stop executing their roles citing political interference.
 
The inspectors headed by Dr Tony Aliro, the district Veterinary Officer say they have made several recommendations to improve the hygiene at the only abattoir in the town in vain.
 
Aliro says that they do not want to be part of the consequence of the unhygienic conditions at the abattoir. He said their decision to boycott work arises out of futile attempts to improve the status of the slaughter house.
 
Aliro explained that the abattoir lacks running water, toilet, septic tank, waste bin, incinerator and lighting system that are all necessary to ensure the facility is clean. He said they proposed that the facility be relocated to allow repair but the division council authorities are hearing none of these.
 
The abattoir, which is managed by the Layibi division council, Gulu municipality also lacks a fence while the ground around the slaughter shade is covered in thick mud where the animals are lined before slaughter. The boycott of the meat inspectors has left the health of many meat consumers at risk as they could consume meat from infected animals and acquire diseases carried by the animals.
 
Aliro however adds that even meat from healthy animals could eventually get contaminated with the dirt at the facility. He named food poisoning, bacterial infection, typhoid, and ecoli as some of the common diseases that the meat consumers could face.
 
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However, Alfred Oluba, the LC3 chairman of Layibi division has rubbished calls to immediately relocate or close down the facility for repair. He says immediate closure would mean loss of revenue to the municipality but adds that there are plans to build a modern abattoir outside town in the near future.
 
Already, the poor condition at the abattoir coupled with the withdrawal of the meat inspectors is affecting the consumption of meat especially in the hotels. Nelson Odia, a manager at one of the hotels in the town has said their regular customers are already declining to order for beef citing fear of catching diseases.
 
Calls to improve the condition at the Gulu abattoir have been recurrent since 2008.