The Buliisa District Veterinary Department has started a mass vaccination exercise against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) targeting more than 15,000 head of cattle.
The District Veterinary Officer (DVO), Dr Rashid Mubiru, says the exercise aims at combating the outbreak of the disease in the district.
Speaking to Kazi-njema News’ partner Biiso FM Radio, the veterinarian revealed that suspected cases of FMD were spotted at Waiga and Kataleba villages in Bugana parish, Buliisa sub-county last month.
“We confirmed the outbreak but what we are not sure of is where the disease originated from. It is absolutely due to illicit movement of herds from the neighbouring district,” Dr Mubiru said.
At least five calves are suspected to have died from the disease in the past three months, he added.
Dr Mubiru said the district has already received all the necessary equipment to be used in the inoculation exercise including 15,000 doses of vaccines.
He urged livestock farmers to embrace this free vaccination throughout the 10 days starting today Tuesday, June 6, 2023.
The vaccination exercise targets Ngwedo, Buliisa and Butiaba sub-counties.