NEBBI. Nebbi district is in final stages of re-imposing quarantine on movement of cattle following reports from veterinary officials and laboratory technicians showing 80 per cent positive reaction to the disease in the samples tested.
This comes barely two months after the quarantine was lifted in the districts of Nebbi, Zombo and Pakwach since October 2017.
Dr Anthony Okwir, the district production officer said the results of the laboratory test is still showing high rates of positive reactors among the non-vaccinated cattle which indicate that almost all the population of cattle are affected.
He said lifting of the quarantine was unlawful since it was done before the vetinary officials and laboratory technicians from animal health could give their findings about the disease.
“It is only a matter of time that animals will start to show overt clinical signs and the disease Will flare up again in the district” Okwir said.
Mr Geoffrey Okaka, the Nebbi chief administrative officer (CAO) said consultations are on going as to when to effect the quarantine again because if not done, the disease will spread to other sub counties also.
The most affected sub counties include Akworo, Kucwiny and Nyaravur.
However, the Nebbi new market butchers’ association chairman Mr Geofrey Jalum Omarwoth blamed district leadership for failing to do their work of vaccinating animals on time.
“They only wait when there is an outbreak, then vaccination of animals is done and yet if they were doing it before, the disease could have been contained in less than six months” he lamented.
Jalum appealed to the Nebbi district authorities to allow them import animals from other districts as they operate on loans which need to be repaid.
Ms Grace Akello, a market vendor said quarantines pose more threat to people as locals slaughter animals in black market and the meat is never inspected by veterinary officers.
“Even if the quarantine is on, we shall always eat meat, the best they can do is to allow open market to operate but be strict on the animals being slaughtered before selling it” she said.