Communities should partner with govt to eliminate FMD

Recent reports that Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has been detected in cattle in Kareng, should not make us despair. Instead the reports should galvanise our resolve to deal, once and for all, with the disease.

Granted, communities in the Ngamiland District, which were just recovering from the last episode of FMD will need additional strength to deal with the agony associated with the latest outbreak. But the communities should not allow themselves to be deflated at this time.

All community structures, from homes to dikgotla to government offices will need greater collaboration, greater information sharing and a willingness on the part of the people to avail their animals for whatever intervention the state comes up with. It will be painful, but it is the only way that the Ngamiland District can get back its status as an FMD free-zone.

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