KIRUHURA DISTRICT FMD TASKFORCE TO START NIGHT PATROLS

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By Alexender Mugume

Kiruhura has set tough restrictions including daily night patrols to combat the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) in the district.

Kiruhura is among the 36 districts with FMD outbreaks in the country.

Others affected in the Ankole region, include Isingiro, Kazo, Mbarara city, Mbarara district, Ntungamo, and Rwampara.

Speaking during an FMD task force meeting yesterday, Kiruhura district chairperson Dan Mukago reported that out of 14 local councils in the district four including Kashongi and Kutura sub-counties are under total quarantine over FMD cases.

The meeting chaired by Resident District Commissioner George Bakunda was held at the district headquarters. 

Mukago said 10 local governments which are not affected by the FMD outbreak are allowed to sell their milk and other animal products but are restricted to only loading animals at the farms and lorries must be disinfected before entering any farm.

He urged all residents of Kiruhura and leaders at all levels to speak the same language and vowed to deal with all those who would not abide by the set restrictions.

He directed all sub-counties to hold similar meetings to sensitise farmers about the disease and fight it to the end.

Amon Tayebwa, the animal production officer Kiruhura district, said all animal markets in the district will remain closed as the district continues to monitor the situation until the district is declared free of FMD

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