Govt orders closure of Kampala cattle market, abattoirs over FMD outbreak

A truck with tightly packed cattle arrives at the unloading yard of Kampala City Abattoir. Animal rights advocates want the government to enforce laws that require humane treatment of animals during transportation. (Photo/EDNA NAMARA, GPJ UGANDA)

Kampala, (UG):- Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture has announced stringent measures barring the movement of cattle to and from within the Kampala Metropolitan over the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the country’s capital, Kampala.

According to a letter dated March 07, 2024, addressed to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for KCCA and Kampala District, Dr Anna Rose Ademun, Commissioner of Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture, emphasized the necessity of these measures as the Ministry responds to the outbreak of the cattle disease in Kabowa, Lubaga Division, Kampala District.

“Following the reported outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Kabowa, Lubaga Division, Kampala, Kampala District on February 28, 2024, quarantine restrictions are hereby imposed on Kampala District under the Animal Diseases Act, cap 38,” Dr Ademun stated.

Additionally, the Ministry boss said the movement of cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and their products and by-products within Kampala Capital City Authority, Kampala District, is strictly prohibited until further notice.

“Livestock markets, and slaughterhouses, including butcheries, loading grounds, and animal shows throughout the entire district with immediate effect,” she stated.

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In adherence to the Animal Diseases Act, Cap 38, the Dr Adenum directed local government administrators, District veterinary officers (DVOs) Parish Chiefs and LCs, to enforce these restrictions and urged the public to comply with these quarantine measures diligently.

She emphasized the urgency of containment and called for swift action to mitigate the spread of FMD and safeguard livestock populations.

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These measures are implemented with the primary goal of preventing further transmission and protecting the health and well-being of both animals and residents in Kampala District.

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