BY IVAN MOSH
Following the outbreak of bird flu in Uganda, authorities in her neighbours of Kenya and Rwanda have slapped a ban on importation of all live poultry and chicken products from the land locked country.
Uganda recently announced the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) after carcasses of white winged-black tern birds were spotted at Lutembe Beach on the shores of Lake Victoria near Entebbe on January 2. A similar occurrence was confirmed at Bukakata area within Masaka district, 75km outside the capital Kampala, on January 13.
In the wake of the outbreak, Dr Juma Ngeiywa, the head of Kenya Veterinary Services, announced the deployment of veterinary officials at Busia and Malaba border posts to enforce the temporary ban.
“Until the situation stabilizes and the country is able to prove that the disease is no longer circulating, we will not allow any of their poultry products into the country,” Dr Ngeiya told local media.
“Permits issued to chicks, eggs, poultry meat and breeding chicken importers will have to be reviewed to safeguard spread of Bird Flu to Kenya.”
While Uganda’s eastern neighbour was declaring the ban, Rwanda, her south western neighbour, also followed suit.
Rwanda’s Agriculture minister, Dr Geraldine Mukeshimana, announced: “Importation of chicken and all poultry products (eggs and meat) from Uganda and countries in Europe where Bird Flu has been detected has been temporarily suspended.”