Nsooba Abattoir Workers Exposed to Infectious Diseases

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According to Ministry of Health (MoH) Meat Inspector deployed at the Nsooba abattoir, 50 percent of these workers were found to be infected with brucellosis.

People working in an abattoir are daily exposed to diseases transmitted from animals to humans such as Tuberculosis, Brucellosis and Liver Fluke.
 
For instance, 5000 people work at Nsooba abattoir in Kalerwe as slaughterers, skinners, meat transporters, hooves and horn carvers, hide processors , cleaners etc.
 
According to Ministry of Health (MoH) Meat Inspector deployed at the Nsooba abattoir, 50 percent of these workers were found to be infected with brucellosis.
 
He explains that on a daily basis they have to condemn animal products such as liver, offal and blood which are highly contaminated with parasites.
 
However, people who handle meat often ignore the health risks involved.
 
/Cue in: Sometimes we find…’’
Cue Out…50% have brucellosis.’/
 
75% of diseases which affect both humans and animals are sometimes transmitted by slaughtering, milking, herding and calving animals.

MoH regulations require that animals go thorough tests before they are slaughtered in a sanitary environment. The meat inspector has to approve wholesome meat and condemn meat that does not pass the inspection.
 
If the meat is infected samples are taken to MoH laboratory or at Makerere University Veterinary department where further analysis is done.

Veterinary officials also investigate suspected diseases and prescribe treatment or vaccination, for both animals and humans.
 
KCCA’s Meat Inspector Siffa Jukko Explains what an inspection involves.
 
/Cue in: We check for’’.
Cue Out…we burn it’’. /
 
Meat handlers found to be suffering from the disease are stopped from working at the abattoir.
 
For Kafuluma Aloycious since he started working at the abattoir, he has never experienced any sickness related to his work
 
/Cue in: When we finish…’’
Cue Out…four hundred cows’’. /
 
For safe handling of animals Tebanyigwa advises that all people working in the slaughter house should wear protective gear such as gumboots, overalls, gloves and a protective helmet.
 
A URN visit to the slaughter house found most workers without some of these gears. The slaughter house lacked a good drainage system and waste disposal.
 
But the Manager Denis Ssazi insisted that the standards were satisfactory.
 
/Cue in: Sanitation is OK…’’
Cue Out...collecting garbage’’. /
 
Safeguarding the environment around which the animals are handled from contamination is a safety guarantee.