Paidha Town council to close unhygienic butcheries
Zombo The office of the town clerk has issued a 28 day ultimatum to close butcheries with poor hygiene and sanitation.
The Town Clerk says selling of meat products in poor hygiene were endangering lives of the consumers.
James Okumu Bedijo, the town clerk Paidha town council, told West Nile Press on Wednesday that: “We had meetings with the butcher’s association in July and gave them up to August to meet our requirements but nothing was done, later in August a grace period of up to October was given till December and no one complied. This time we shall close and have culprits arrested and prosecuted.”
Men slaughtering a cow for a function in Mahagi. Photo by Felix
Many of the dealers in meat products are using makeshift shelters, kiosks and open grounds where the method of transportation on dirty wheelbarrows has been a concern. The butcher men do not also have aprons and some of the meaty sold are not properly checked by the veterinary doctors.
The locals risk infections of tape worm, round worm, food poisoning and bovine TB after eating contaminated meat.
The Chairperson Paidha Butcher’s Association, Omar Kiwanuka, said they would compel other meat dealers to comply with the set conditions to safeguard health of the consumers.
“We have not refused to comply with the town’s standards but let the council sit down and discuss how they can secure a larger place for us to conduct our business,” he said.
He adds that one cannot operate in a kiosk given the little space and the big population of those who sell the meat.
The council also directs the health inspector to ensure that all those selling food and meat related products are medically examined for health and medical fitness.