Disease outbreaks as govt orders closure of city abattoir

18Apr 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Disease outbreaks as govt orders closure of city abattoir

CLOSURE of Vingunguti abattoir might put the health of Dar es Salaam city dwellers at risk following the sale of uncertified meat that does not meet standards.

Ministers Mwingulu Nchemba (l) and George Simbachawene (r) great people during their visit at Vingunguti abattoir

The situation has compelled businessmen to sell meat in an unhygienic environment that is contrary to the standard required by the city authorities.

This reporter witnessed businessmen selling meat on tables along the tarmac road contrary to the rules and regulations governing food handling.

Speaking soon after visiting the Vingunguti abattoir, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development Mwigulu Mchemba said the government had temporarily reopened the facility for three days effectively from yesterday as a precaution in containing the spread of diseases resulting from lack of hygiene.

In his visit, he was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Community Development,Gender,Elders and Children Ummy Mwalimu

This came barely two weeks after the government closed down the facility for operating in unhygienic conditions.

“I reopen this abattoir until Tuesday to give room for those who had brought their livestock for slaughtering to do so and thereafter it will be relocated to Mazizini main abattoir,” the minister said, adding that the move would give opportunities for responsible authorities to revamp the Vingunguti abattoir.

Nchemba said: “The situation at Vingunguti abattoir is worse and is likely to threaten the health of consumers. Currently business is carried out at non-designated places.”

He said the government was not ready to see abattoir regulations abused and directed the municipality to ensure that all infrastructure, especially for water, are improved including putting in place modern hooks.

For her part, Mwalimu assured residents that the operations within the Vingunguti abattoir would resume soon after renovation.

Referring to the current price of meat, the minister said it has gone up to 8,000/- from 6,000/- per kilogram since the Vingunguti abattoir was closed.

The minister urged Ilala municipal authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that the facility was renovated within the shortest possible time.

“Our duty as a government is to ensure that consumers buy certified meat at a reasonable price,” she said.

Ilala Municipality deputy mayor Omary Kumbilamoto said that already the wards council had availed 83m/- to renovate the abattoir.

Ilala Municipal Council director Isaya Mngurumi said the renovation would be completed in just one month.