NEWS- Residents living around game parks in Kisoro district have been asked to desist from contact with Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks from being infected by Ebola that is hitting Uganda.
The remarks were made by the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner Haji Sharfiq Sekandi and Kisoro district tourism officer Richard Munezero following the world Gorilla day which was celebrated on 24th September 2022.
Haji Sekandi noted that due to the Ebola pandemic in the country, UWA officials have been requested to monitor and inspect all tourists who come to see these wildlife.
He added that Gorillas have 95%DNA like that of human beings and this puts them at a high risk of easily acquiring Ebola.
Cue in…….Shafiq on residents
Richard Munezero, Kisoro district tourism officer, confirmed this and noted that he is going to focus on teaching the children in schools around the game parks so that they caan as well drive this skill to their homes.
This is being done to alert the public on how to protect and conserve the wild life especially gorillas.
Cue in………..Munezero on Ebola
Learners from schools around these game parks including Rushaga primary school in Rubuguri, Nyakyekye primary school in Muramba, Rurembwe primary school in Nyarusiza and Ntungamo primary school in Nkuringo pledged to conserve the environment having known the benefits of protecting wildlife.
Teachers showed concern over animals that escape from the National Parks and destroy their crops and failure of authorities to compensate them thus asking for the government’s intervention.