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Tororo at risk of plague outbreak over rats invasion

Rats invade Tororo district. (PHOTO/File)

TORORO – Worries are building among Tororo district leaders over reported increased number of rat’s population which they claim puts the district at risk of registering an outbreak of plague.

The worrying situation was today announced by the district veterinary office Boniface Obbo during a sensitization workshop of district leaders on their roles and responsibilities organized by the district at the district council chambers geared at enhancing capacities of leaders to spur service delivery.

Obbo announced that the increasing population of rats is greatly posing a big threat to the district because they are grossly affecting crop production as they continue to destroy crops especially tubers and rice besides putting communities at risk of suffering the effects of the plague disease outbreak.

He appealed to the district council to consider allocating resources to help the department of production procure poison that can be distributed to communities to be able to poison the rats.

Obbo attributed the increase in population to human practice where man has deliberated go-ahead to poison predators including animals and birds that used to live on rats hence giving them room for their rapid multiplication.

Majority of leaders testified how the rats have invaded homes calling for the office of the planner to liaise with the veterinary sector to conduct a census of the rats to guide the district council on how much poison will be required to clear off the rats.

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