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Govt bans sale of meat in Lilongwe

Written by  Sellaphine Banda
Temporary suspension of meat sales due outbreak in Lilongwe - Pic by Tione Andsen Temporary suspension of meat sales due outbreak in Lilongwe - Pic by Tione Andsen

Lilongwe, October 17, 2018: The Department of Animal Health and Livestock in Lilongwe has issued the ban on slaughter and sale of meet in the City and surrounding areas due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Lilongwe on Wednesday, Director of Animal Health and Livestock, Dr Patrick Chikungwa, said the ban on slaughter and sales of meat is currently being enforced in the areas where there is an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

He pointed out that at the moment restrictions are in Lilongwe.

“It is the   mandate of Animal Health and Livestock to protect the national herd from disease, the community at large have also a role to play in terms of complying to the set control measures,” Dr Chikungwa explained.

 He said   currently, they are urging all the key stakeholders to ensure compliance to applied control measures for the benefit of the national at large

“They set control measures are applied according to the laws of Malawi under the control and animal diseases measures are applied according to the provided for chapter act 66:02 which   provide for appropriate penalties for those not complying

Currently, the Ministry is putting all the necessary measures to ensure that the disease does not spread further

The control measure include  strengthening  disease surveillance for early detection, reporting and response, instituting  insecurity measures such as  roadblock and disinfection points vaccination of cattle at high risk and sensitization of the damming community and general public on the diseases

The Ministry is appealing to communities not to eat the infected meat as this can helping the spreading of the diseases. The disease this year affected the districts of Blantyre, Neno, Mwanza in the south but now in the south now is under control, in the central it was Ntcheu, Dedza which is under control and now its Lilongwe which needs to respond.

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