Erbil abattoir implements strict preventative measures against Crimean-Congo fever concerns

Helmet Hamza, director of the modern abattoir in Erbil, emphasized, “Animals should not be slaughtered in homes or on the streets before and during illness,” urging citizens to “not buy unsealed meat displayed on the streets.”
The modern abattoir in Erbil. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
The modern abattoir in Erbil. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - The modern abattoir in Erbil processes between 600 and 700 animals daily, with the veterinary committee conducting regular health checks on all livestock.

Animals found to be sick or at risk of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever are barred from being sold in markets.

Only meat from healthy animals, free from disease symptoms, is stamped with the official seal of the Ministry of Health.

Arslan Jalal, head of the Erbil abattoir, told Kurdistan 24, “We examine all animals before processing them to ensure their suitability. If the animal is not suitable, we do not process it and will not allow it in any way.”

Jalal added, “Our medical staff, in cooperation with medical assistants, examine the animals one by one, and we refuse to receive any animal that shows problems in the body or organs.”

Due to the high risk of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, the Kurdistan Region enforces stringent preventive measures.

Since the beginning of this year, more than 30,000 animals have been processed, with over 16,000 kilograms of diseased meat rejected to ensure the safety of citizens.

Helmet Hamza, director of the modern abattoir in Erbil, emphasized, “Animals should not be slaughtered in homes or on the streets before and during illness,” urging citizens to “not buy unsealed meat displayed on the streets.”

Hamza warned, “As temperatures rise, the spread of the disease increases. Citizens must buy meat from official places and places that have seals.”

In addition to inspections at modern abattoirs, the District Attorney's Committees have launched campaigns to control all informal animal slaughter sites on the streets.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has also distributed awareness posters to educate citizens on preventing hemorrhagic fever.