10 Nov 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) Only 26 out of 42 roadblocks set up at strategic points to enforce movement restrictions of animals in the northern communal areas (NCAs) will remain in place, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) announced on Tuesday.
This proclamation comes after the MAWF recorded significant progress in the containment of foot and mouth disease (FMD), said a statement issued by MAWF Acting Permanent Secretary, Abraham Nehemia on Tuesday.
He said patrol teams will be deployed to monitor the situation, while the decontamination of vehicle tyres and footwear and the search of vehicles for prohibited potentially infectious materials at still active roadblocks will, however, remain in place.
Vaccination in some areas will continue at a four-month interval in high-risk areas and disease surveillance and investigation teams will remain on the ground to inspect livestock and ensure that suspicious cases of FMD are thoroughly investigated.
Nehemia indicated that cattle slaughter at export abattoirs in the NCAs may, subject to negotiations with trading partners, resume six months after the last recorded case.
This is expected to be in January 2016 if no new cases are detected in the coming days.
An outbreak of FMD occurred on 11 May this year, affecting the Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango West and Omusati regions.
The second outbreak of FMD took place in the FMD-infected zone on 10 July this year in the Zambezi Region.
The response to these outbreaks mainly involved zoning; movement controls; decontamination; mass vaccinations of cattle; animal disease surveillance and awareness creation.
The last cases of FMD in the FMD protection zone were reported on 22 July this year in the Omusati Region and in the infected zone in the Zambezi Region on 31 July 2015.
In light of the progress, MAWF has started a process of cautiously reviewing some of the restrictions that were imposed at the beginning of the outbreaks, said Nehemia.
The 26 roadblocks that will remain in place until further notice are:
Kavango East and West regions: Divundu, Kayofa farm, Mpungu, Musese, Okapeleki and Katwitwi.
Omusati Region: Kashamane, Okapalelona, Omahene and Rucana.
Kunene Region: Enyandi, Okatjimbaku-Oronditi, Ishinhungwa and Swartbooidruft.
Ohangwena Region: Endola, Kavango-Ohangwena, Odibo, Omungwelume, Onhuno and Oshikango
Oshikoto Region: King Nehale, Okankolo, Omutsegwonime, Onyuulaye and Oshigambo
Zambezi Region: Kongola.