The Role of Abattoirs in Public Health: A Training on the Aspects of Abattoir Hygiene and Occupational Health

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 9:44am
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With financial support from Capacity Building in Management of Integrated Trans boundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (CIMTRADZ) project and material support from Kampala Capital City Authority, students of International Infectious Diseases Management (IDM) together with the One Health Students’ Club at Makerere University and the One Health residency program held a Community Sensitization outreach at Kalerwe abattoir on 6th December, 2014. Abattoir workers are at very high risk of acquiring zoonotic diseases in the course of their day to day activities such as brucellosis and tuberculosis. The main aim of the outreach was to create awareness among abattoir on possible zoonotic diseases associated with handling and slaughter of animals. The mobilization for the campaign was done by the area local chairperson while that for the students was done by the student leaders. Associate Professor Samuel Majalija led the team which was comprised of students from College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Resources and Biosecurity and the  School of Public Health

Opening remarks were given by the managing director of the Kalerwe abattoir, Haji Ahmed Kezaala, who shared on the public health concerns in abattoirs, challenges faced in regards to diseases. He asked the abattoir workers to cooperate with the students and declared the exercise open. The students started by cleaning the various compartments of the abattoir to set an example in improvement of abattoir sanitary conditions. Thereafter, a sensitization workshop involving discussions and sharing of information on zoonotic diseases was held. Dr. Nkuranga Charles started by highlighting the importance of meat inspection, Dr. Bugeza James and Dr. Kankya Clovice shared the risk factors to zoonotic diseases with a main focus on tuberculosis and brucellosis. This was then followed by Dr. Tayebwa Dickson who talked about issues to deal with animal welfare such as animal handling, transportation and slaughter. Mr. James Muleme, a student from School of public Health shared on sanitation and Hygiene in abattoirs. Closing remarks were given by Associate Prof. Samuel Majalija who thanked the entire team for working together during the activities despite varying backgrounds. Thereafter, he announced the activity closed

Workshop Objectives

  • Sensitization of abattoir workers on possible zoonotic diseases associated with handling and slaughter of animals.
  • To promote proper hygiene in the abattoir through cleaning as an example

With respect to disease transmission, food safety, environmental conservation and public health issues, this community engagement activity focused on the health for abattoir workers in regards to zoonoses, animal welfare, production of quality meat and sanitation and hygiene in abattoirs. This workshop attracted over 150 participants among which were cattle traders, butcher-men, local leaders, and meat consumers