President Museveni Launches Poultry Vaccine

UGANDA - President Yoweri Museveni has launched a locally developed thermostable Newcastle disease vaccine.
calendar icon 2 September 2011
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The launch took place at the offices of the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) in Nakawa Division, Kampala district.

The drug is a product of Brentec Vaccines Limited, a vaccine manufacturing company nurtured under the Uganda Industrial Research Institute. It is specifically aimed at helping the people of Uganda, especially those in the rural areas, to guard against poultry diseases so that they are able to rear chicken abundantly.

The President said that for a long time, he has been identifying experts from various sectors and attracting them back from all over the world to work for their country but all these efforts have largely been frustrated by government officials and civil servants who do not have the vision to appreciate the value that those experts would add to the welfare of the country. He noted that the experts that the government has been trying to bring back home are often denied the necessary support by government officials and civil servants.

He warned: "These good Honourables and Permanent Secretaries are good at tossing these experts around and most of their projects never take off. When I send these people to you, give them priority because they are the future of this country and stop swinging in those chairs, posing."

Speaking about the vaccine that he had just launched, the President congratulated the team behind the innovation, under the headship of Dr Nantulya Vinandi for a job well done. He pledged government support to cover a full spectrum of vaccines to enable farmers earn handsomely from their work.

He noted that the efforts of the team will have far reaching results in emancipating Ugandans through the products of their expensive venture. He said that the country spends a lot of money importing vaccines but with the launching of the vaccine by the Nakawa-based research institute, Uganda's production sector will now be able to enjoy the services of the institute at much cheaper rate.

The President added: "Vaccines are a very big aspect of agriculture because there are many diseases that disturb farmers endlessly. The vaccines help to prevent the mass losses that our farmers used to experience."

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Amelia Kyambadde, commended the innovation of vaccine production as a big achievement not only in Uganda but in the East African region as a whole.

Dr Nantalya Vinandi reported that the vaccine had come in handy to Uganda's farmers because, he observed, the vaccine keeps stable at room temperature and after re-constitution it has a life span of three days, unlike the current type that only lasts two hours after re-constitution.

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