Training Boosts Uganda’s Foot and Mouth Resilience

Training Boosts Uganda’s Foot and Mouth Resilience

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First, they presented the current FMD situation and the FMD global strategy, with emphasis on the progressive control pathway. Then, the participants drafted a document to upgrade the National FMD Control Strategy (2012) to the risk-based strategy for progressive control of the disease, which is a precondition for Uganda to progress to stage 2 along the PCP for FMD. The team discussed modalities of setting up five regional laboratories to spearhead control of Foot-and-Mouth disease in Mbale, Arua, Mbarara, Kabarole, Masaka and Lira. The regional laboratories will facilitate timely disease surveillance, sample collection and disease reporting. Overall, the discussions raised the issue of the difficulties in vaccine procurements and the implementation of the project, given the current FMD epidemiological situation. The necessity to control animal movements and to involve different…
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Muslims Raise Money to Relocate Pork Joint

Muslims Raise Money to Relocate Pork Joint

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UGANDA - A section of Muslims in Kamuli District have raised Shs16 million to acquire a piece land that is a hub of several businesses including pork joints. This was during Idd prayers at their new site in the Municipal council on Sunday, reports DailyMonitor. The planned site will house a mosque, a nursing and a primary school as well as a commercial building. Kamuli Municipality MP, Hajat Rehema Watongola contributed Shs10 million in a fundraising drive aimed at compensating residents who run pork businesses on the land. “As Muslims, we need to work as a team and ensure that Islam is well projected and support our causes. I commit Shs10 million to chase away the pig businesses,” Ms Watongola said. Sheikh Haikal Abed the District Imam said the pork joints…
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UGANDA – Consumption of contaminated pork has been linked to the rising cases of epilepsy in Uganda.

UGANDA – Consumption of contaminated pork has been linked to the rising cases of epilepsy in Uganda.

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Epilepsy is a condition that is characterised by recurrent seizures or convulsions. It is locally referred to as "Ensimbo". The country has an estimated 3.3 per cent of people living with the disease, according to statistics from the Uganda Epilepsy Association. Although the causes often vary among individuals, experts have warned that the Taenia Solium, commonly known as the tapeworm in pigs, cannot be ruled out. In an interview with New Vision, Dr Richard Idro a peadiatric neurologist at Mulago Hospital explained that accidental ingestion of pork contaminated with eggs of Taenia Solium, was the main way through which the parasites enter the body and then finally to the brain. “If the pork is not well prepared and somebody eats it part of the tape worm’s eggs and larvae go into…
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