Livestock officials meet to discuss better diagnostic services

The Honble Lyonpo addressing the participants.
The Honble Lyonpo addressing the participants.

November 9-10, Serbithang: In order to have an effective delivery of animal health services in the country, a well-co-ordinated networking linkage of the diagnostic facilities is necessary. However, over the period of time, it was felt that there is a weak co-ordination among the country’s veterinary laboratories.

Considering the urgent need to revamp the linkages among the national, regional and Dzongkhag labs, officials meet for a Laboratory Coordination Meeting at the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH). Around 44 participants representing the NCAH, Regional Livestock Development Centres, Satellite Veterinary Laboratories and Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospitals attended it.

The Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji graced the inaugural session. Addressing the participants, he shared that to ensure a healthy and productive livestock population, it is crucial to have an effective animal health care and well being of these animals. He further shared the incursion of exotic diseases animals due to increasing import of live animals from outside. ‘As such, the veterinary laboratories have a huge task to ensure disease prevention and control activities in the country’, he said. He also assured to provide necessary support for strengthening the country’s veterinary diagnostic services.

The meeting started discussing the follow up actions of the last coordination meeting. The diagnostic capacity, key achievements, challenges and way forward for various laboratories were presented to the participants for their better understanding. They were also presented with OIE PVS Mission Report, Bio-safety Aud Report and holistic procurement procedures for lab equipment. Group work and plenary sessions were also carried out.

According to NCAH, the meeting adopted a common understanding of the diagnostic roles for each laboratory to enhance livestock sector. Issues and gaps in the laboratory services were also identified and accordingly their measures were discussed. This is expected to help a good and reliable laboratory diagnosis in place which is crucial for prompt detection and rapid containment of disease.

The Laboratory Services Unit (LSU) under NCAH organised the meeting with fund support from EU project.

-ICS

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