Lobeysa, 20 June: A three-week long competency course for the sale of pre-determined lists of veterinary medicines has started at the College of Natural Resources (CNR). Around 15 participants including ex-animal health workers and Class X pass candidates are attending it. They were nominated by the feed sale agents and farmer’s co-operatives and also the individuals interested to sale veterinary medicines.
The course is aimed to promote Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) through private sector development by sale of veterinary products/medicines by feed agents and to overcome the drug shortages while also creating employment opportunities.
The course is designed in line with the Medicines Act of Kingdom of Bhutan 2003 wherein only competent person shall be permitted for manufacture, sale and distribution of medicinal products in the country. Once trained, the participants will be permitted to dispense listed essential and non-essential veterinary drugs (over the counter) based on the prescription of the competent veterinarians following regulatory provisions.
The course is conducted by the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) and CNR with fund support from the EU, Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives, and Council for RNR-Research of Bhutan. The resource persons are officials from the livestock, DRA, CNR and health.
-Submitted by Dr. N. K. Thapa, NCAH
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