March 10, Thimphu: A team from the World Health Organisation (OIE) led by Dr. Eric Fermet-Quinet is in the country from March 8-19 for a follow up Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) mission. The last PVS evaluation was conducted in June 2008.
The OIE PVS is a global program designed to foster the sustainable improvement of a country’s veterinary services to meet the international standards. It provides OIE members with useful tools for improving animal and public health and meeting the sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards of the World Trade Organisation.
The team met with the Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji and Hon’ble Dasho Secretary, Tenzin Dhendup to discuss further on the mission. Lyonpo shared with team the challenges particularly in terms of providing veterinary drugs and storage facility. He urged them also to analyse the gaps and suggest for improvement. Dasho Secretary welcoming the mission expressed his appreciation for OIE support. He informed that the collaboration with OIE has remarkably benefited the Livestock Department in the field of animal health. Dasho further shared the establishment of the regional livestock development centres and the Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospitals as the significant achievements after the last mission.
During their stay, the team will study the veterinary performance in the country including the services, infrastructure, human resources, coordination and progress after the last mission among others. Accordingly, they will suggest recommendations for strengthening the veterinary services. This will further enable the Department to define the national priorities and constraints, the expected results at the end of the Five Year Plan and the activities, human and financial resources required for its achievement to enable the proper functioning of the veterinary services.
The mission will also make field visits to Chukha, Paro, Wangdi, Punakha and Tsirang covering veterinary and extension centres, livestock offices, quarantine station, poultry/dairy farms and interact accordingly. They will present their findings and recommendations in a meeting on March 19.
The National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) is coordinating the mission’s visit to Bhutan. The team will leave the country on March 20.
Tshering Doma with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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