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Uganda, EU Strengthen Partnership To Fight Foot And Mouth Disease

The Government of Uganda has partnered with the European Union to establish the strain of Food and Mouth disease (FMD) that is affecting Uganda’s livestock in an effort to contain the disease in the country.

This was revealed by Masindi district Acting Production Officer Fred Sebuguzi while talking to our reporter at his office today.

Sebuguzi explained that this comes after government of Uganda has failed to contain the disease in the country adding the partnership will help veterinary doctors in the world know the strain of Uganda’s FMD that they  come up with a vaccine that can prevent it.

He said a team of 20 veterinary Doctors from both the European Union and Uganda have taken blood samples from affected animals in Kimengo which they are going to examine.

Dr. Sebuguzi blamed the failure by Uganda’s livestock farmers to contain FMD on the  failure to know the strain they are vaccinating against.

He added that the team is expected to come up with the results of the test within two weeks.

Sebuguzi, who is also the Masindi district Veterinary Officer said the district also gained knowledge and skills on FMD management from the training by veterinary doctors from other countries in addition to the veterinary equipment that will help it in fighting the disease.

Farmers in Masindi district have battled FMD for two years, which has resulted into loss of revenue due to endless animal quarantine.

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Kijunjubwa livestock market in Kimengo Sub County and Ntooma livestock market were suspended since 2017 due to the outbreak of FMD.

According to Godfrey Magezi the District Planner Masindi District Local Government, the continued persistence of the disease has greatly affected the local raised revenue.

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