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Wrong reporting on Acaricides in the media

Friday, 27th January 2017

WRONG REPORTING ON ACARICIDES IN THE MEDIA

The Red Pepper published an article on 19th January 2017 alleging that the Ugandan market is awash with “fake” veterinary drugs, reportedly arising out of a farmers’ meeting held in Lyantonde. National Drug Authority (NDA) wishes to clarify as hereunder:

NDA is mandated to ensure the availability, at all times, of essential, efficacious and cost-effective human and veterinary drugs to the entire population of Uganda, as a means of providing satisfactory health care and safeguarding the appropriate use of drugs.

Acaricides in Uganda are registered by NDA following well laid procedures that conform to international standards and recommendation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), basing on pre-registration field trials on efficacy. In addition to the field trials NDA constantly monitors compliance to quality standards by random sampling and testing of acaricides on market using standard testing procedures at the NDA’s National Drug Quality Control laboratory. The Authority also has a system of collecting information and giving feedback on the performance of veterinary drugs.

The reports of failure of acaricides in parts of the Ugandan cattle corridor are due to the fact that ticks have become resistant to the available acaricides over the years and this has been demonstrated by studies done by Makerere University and National Livestock Resources Research Institute.

Farmers are urged to seek advice from veterinary officers in their areas on how they can effectively use the available acaricides on a rotational basis as this has proven to reduce the problem. In the meantime, the relevant authorities are in advanced stages of introducing new products to further fight this tick challenge.

As NDA we look forward to working with all media to avail the right information to the public regarding tick resistance to acaricides and veterinary drugs in general.