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Museveni Meets Cuban Scientists at State House Entebbe

Cuban Scientists in Uganda to Wage War against Ticks

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A team of Cuban scientists has met Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe. Museveni and his guests a way forward on importing a vaccine into the east African nation.

Gavac, an anti-tick vaccine, will be imported and administered to Ugandan cattle to help kill ticks.

Dr Hector Luis Machado Morales led the team of Cuban scientists that will be in Uganda for 10 days.

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Prof Anthony Mugisha from the Heber Biotec S.A. in Havana will head the team of Ugandan scientists.

About 500,000 cattle in the districts hard hit by ticks will be the first ones to benefit from the programme, Prof Mugisha  told the president.

The Ugandan team will include scientists from Makerere University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security, the National Agriculture Research Organisation (Naro), the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and National Animal Genetic Resource Centre.

The vaccination programme, the scientists were optimistic, will reduce the number of cattle Uganda loses to tick-borne diseases.

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