President meets Uganda-Kenya Bird-Flu monitoring teams

Sunday 29th January 2017

President Yoweri Museveni has met the Ugandan and Kenyan surveillance teams on ‘Bird-Flu’ and discussed with them the immediate and possible solutions to curb further spread of the disease that was recently identified in the region.

The Ugandan delegation at the meeting that took place Saturday at State House, Entebbe, was led by the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja, while the Kenyan team was led by the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Willy Bett.

 The President and his guests observed that Bird-Flu infection was a result of undomesticated bird-migration from Europe and other parts of the world to Africa during the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere.

Mr. Museveni pointed out that the immediate solution to contain further spread of the virus is to quarantine the suspected and identified spots where the migrating birds have settled around the shores of Lake Victoria, neighbouring islands and other areas.

“I support the ban on the birds and their products dealings for the sake of life. It’s not good to cover up a problem because there are many risks. We must address the situation with a key position to the problem as one body. We should ensure quarantine measures by means of confinement to stop further transmission of the virus to domestic birds and human lives that are at risk”, President Museveni said.

The President expressed his gratitude to note that both the Uganda and Kenya government teams have exhibited concerted effort to assess and research on such an escalation of birds’ virus infection.

“It’s good that you will come up with joint recommendations to handle the situation”, said Mr. Museveni. 

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