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  • Laboratory diagnosticians trained on Laboratory Information Management System

    The laboratory diagnosticians from all the animal health laboratories completed training on Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The training was conducted in Mongar from 5-7 November for the eastern region, Punakha from 18-20 November for the western region and Bumthang from 26-28 November for the central region.

    A total of 52 participants attended the training representing the National Veterinary Laboratory, National Veterinary Hospital, Regional Livestock Development Centres (RLDCs) and Dzongkhag Veterinary Laboratories (DVLs). Due to COVID19 protocols, participants from the red zone were not included in the training. The training resource persons were from the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) and Namchoey Consultancy.

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  • One Health advocacy meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

    24 November, Thimphu: One Health Advocacy meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was conducted to mark the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) which is observed globally from 18-24 November. WAAW aims to raise awareness on the health risks posed by AMR, promote good practices and limit its spread across the world. This year’s theme is “Antimicrobials: Handle with care”.

    The One Health Advocacy meeting created awareness to various one health stakeholders on AMR and encouraged the prudent usage of antimicrobials in respective areas. It was organized by the Department of Livestock with funds from the Ministry of Health.

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  • Preparing for effective participation in Codex Work

    19-20 November, Paro: Two days training workshop on Effective Preparation for Codex Work was organized from 19-20 November 2020 at Tiger Nest Camp, Paro. Thirty participants consisting of representatives from Department of Cottage & Small Industries, MoEA, Department of Industry, MoEA, College of Natural Resources, RUB, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, National Dairy Research & Development Center, National Food Testing Laboratory, Royal Center for Disease Control, MoH and BAFRA officials attended the workshop. The workshop was graced by Dr. Tashi Samdup, Director General of BAFRA and facilitated by members of Codex (Bhutan) Secretariat within BAFRA.

    The main objective of the workshop was to enhance participation of Bhutan to the work of codex through training of officials of Codex (Bhutan) including NCC members and relevant stakeholders on functioning and management of codex work. In his opening remarks, Director General highlighted the importance of Bhutan’s participation in the international standard setting process by contributing to the standards work to repeat the benefits of use of standard. He thanked all participants especially representatives of relevant stakeholders and urged for their continued support. He also highlighted the importance to raise awareness on the subjects of our national interest so that international codex standards become suitable and applicable to Bhutan.

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  • World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

    18-24 November: The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is observed globally with an aim to raise awareness of the health risks posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), promote good practices, and limit its spread across the world. This year’s theme is “Antimicrobials: Handle with care”.

    Antimicrobial agents are medicines used to treat or prevent infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses or fungi. Antimicrobial agents, including antibiotics have substantially reduced the burden of diseases in human and animals and contributed to improved food production and safety.

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