Museveni receives delegation of Cuban scientists

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President Museveni on Tuesday received a team of Cuban scientists who are on a 10-day working visit to Uganda.
The core reason for the visiting Cuban delegation is to develop a strategy of bringing Gavac anti-tick vaccine into the country.
The Cuban scientists led by Dr Hector Luis Machado Morales from the Heber Biotec S.A. firm in Havana, were received by President Museveni at State House in Entebbe.

They were accompanied by their Ugandan counterparts led by Prof Anthony Mugisha.
President Museveni urged the scientists from Cuba and their Ugandan counterparts to expand their efforts in the fight against ticks in Uganda- the statement read in part.
At the meeting, Prof Mugisha informed President Museveni that the programme implementation will begin with the hard hit districts in the country targeting 500,000 cattle.

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Available research statistics indicate that Uganda is one of the countries hit hardest by the tick borne diseases with more than 30 per cent of the livestock lost to the diseases.

The State Minister for Animal Industry, Ms Joy Kabatsi, has already constituted an inter-institutional team of scientists from Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine, the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO), the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and National Animal Genetic Resource Centre, to work with the Cuban team of scientists.

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