By Aggrey Twesigye
Seven people were arrested by the National Drug Authorities after they were found selling counterfeits drugs named tick burn used to spray animals.
The regional manager National Drug Authority Mbarara Kiiza Kenneth disclosed this at a one day sensitization and press briefing held the regional office Booma Mbarara.
He explained that the suspects were arrested in the operation conducted in a period of two weeks in the districts of Mbarara Sheema, Bushenyi, Kyenjojo, Ntungamo and Rubirizi.
Kiiza said that the suspects just rebranded the lava which is used to spray and destroy weeds to tick burn.
Kiiza noted that farmers would use this drug to spray it as a tick resistant spray.
He revealed that the suspects were handed over to police as investigations into the matter continue
He called upon farmers to always seek technical advice from qualified veterinary doctors before they purchase any drug for safety of the animals and human life.
Addressing the meeting the Resident City Commissioner Mbarara Lt Col James Mwesigye asked NDA to engage farmers because they are the most affected people.
RCC Mwesigye warned Veterinary agents and business people against distribution and administration of counterfeit drugs which may put lives of animals and humans in danger.
The District Veterinary Officer Mbarara Dr. Andrew Akashaba revealed that as a department, they have issues with private veterinary practitioners over their practising habits.
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