FAO Representative in Uganda Dr Antonio Querido (L) hands over a Microscope to the State Minister for Animal Industry Hon Bright Rwamirama at MAAIF Offices in Entebbe.

Uganda | FAO donates specialized safety gear to protect animal health personnel

20/07/2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Uganda has shown its support for veterinary health workers involved in the management of deadly livestock diseases by donating an assortment of personal protective equipment (PPE) worth USD 50 000 to the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. The PPE assortment, which includes respirators, examination gloves, coveralls, goggles, laboratory coats and boots covers, will enhance biosafety by protecting health workers  from picking up pathogens of diseases like Rift Valley fever, while in the line of duty and biosecurity when responding to infectious pathogens among households.Pathogens (viruses) can be present in the air, water, objects, soil, pasture, laboratory and farms among other places.

Other donated items include a fluorescence microscope with an integrated High Definition (HD) camera, diagnostic kits for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), rabies, Rift Valley fever (RVF) and Brucellosis among the priority zoonotic diseases. The equipment will support country’s preparedness against priority zoonotic diseases.