By Stephen Candia
Arua. Meat consumers in Arua have to be conscious of buying meat sold by roadsides, the district Veterinary Officer for Arua, Dr Willy Nguma has said.
His warning comes after reports of rampant sale of animal carcasses in Arivu, Ajia and Ullepi Sub Counties. Many of the locals sell the carcasses in order to avoid waste of meat and also the biting poverty.
This, according to Dr Willy, the meat is sold by roadsides, which also pose health risks to the customers. “The owners skin the animals and take the carcass to be sold to passers-by along the road sides. And the consumers are duped as if they are fresh meat yet they are not,” he said.
He also warned that consumers of such meat could contract diseases like Anthrax, Brucellosis, Ebola that could result in to loss of lives if such meat is not properly cooked before consuming.
A dead wild Boar. Photo courtesy of Florida WildLife Control
Reports indicate that due to the long dry spell experienced in the region many animals have experienced deteriorating health because of inadequate pasture and water. Some of them are as a result of poaching. The activities of poaching of animals have remained prominent especially in Madi-Okollo, Ullepi and Rhino Camp areas.
Wadri Sam Nyakua, the district chairman said this was a bad the practice which endangers lives of those who buy the meat. He said the locals should report such cases to the veterinary department for action.
Some of the meat have also been sold in Arua town and are usually mixed with goat’s meat that are popularly roasted at various joints. This makes it difficult for one to differentiate. The Muslim communities have a taboo of not consuming meat anyhow unless they are the ones who slaughtered the meat.
He also urges the people to either bury or burn the meat of such animals which die of unknown causes as it will be risky to consume such meat.
Men preparing to roast meat in Nebbi town. Photo by Okaba Patrick
Meanwhile Stella Aletiru, the secretary for social services urges people to ensure that they report cases of animal sicknesses to the Sub-counties immediately to avoid contracting diseases.
She adds that for the people to ensure a healthy living, they should also consume health foods and avoid upholding cultural practices of not wasting food by disposing-off animal carcasses.