Red Cross Discovers Loopholes in Disposing of Carcasses With Anthrax

BY S KWAGALA

Photo Courtesy of farmers and veterinary officers looking at a cacas of a cow

The Red Cross is urging farmers in Kyotera to exercise more care in disposing of the carcasses of cows that die from Anthrax.

This follows a call by district authorities to prevent the production of beef and other cow products for human consumption to curb the spread of the disease, which also affects humans.

According to Irene Nakasita , the Communications Officer for Red Cross, there is still more work needed for sensitisation within the community.

The Red Cross supported by their International arm is conducting door to door outreaches ,community engagements and individual interventions to aid in curbing the spread of anthrax.

Enos Mugisha , a farmer in Kyotera appealed to the government to provide resources for the proper disposing of the carcass affected by anthrax.

” I would appeal to them if it is possible to help in the process of disposing these animals . It is very expensive to get the lime , and other things.”

Dr. Joseph Kasumba , a veterinary officer with Red Cross mentioned that the residents were defaulting in cautions by burying the cow carcasses at 3 feet under the ground instead of the recommended 6.

He also advised that for animals that died in places where it would be hard to dig a whole , all the holes of the body would have to be sealed to prevent spread during movement.

Authorities reported an Anthrax outbreak in September, with the disease claiming 18 lives among those who consumed this beef. Red Cross is the implementing partner in the initiative to prevent the spread of Anthrax to humans.

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