KCCA closes nine butcher shops in health drive

Some of the meat traders arrested during the operation. Photo by Raymond Mayanja.

KAMPALA–In an operation to maintain high health standards in the city, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has today Thursday closed nine butchers in Ntinda and Bwaise.

The operation which is being carried out in all the five divisions of Kampala aims at maintaining minimum health standards within the business. Several meat traders were also arrested during the operation.

Dr Emilian Ahimbisibwe, KCCA supervisor of Animal Production, said the authority launched a crackdown on butchers that fall short of minimum standards to enable city dwellers obtain safe meat.

He added that some meat traders were found with dangerous chemicals which they were allegedly using to kill flies and prevent them from contaminating the meat.

Dead meat on market
Several reports indicate that towards the end of last year, some butchers were selling dead meat.

Health experts like Dr. Peter Bukenya of Nagalama Hospital said some Ugandans go to treat typhoid not knowing that they are suffering from brucellosis, an ailment caused by eating dead meat.

“People get brucellosis when they come into contact with contaminated animals or animal products,” Bukenya explained.



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