August 27, Phuentsholing: With the inauguration of the new city veterinary hospital (CVH) and satellite laboratory building, Phuentsholing will now provide better veterinary services.
The four storied building was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji and His Excellency Mr. Gautam Bambawale, the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan. The building worth Nu. 18.87 million was funded by the Government of India (GoI).
According to a press release, the CVH will provide clinical services including surgery, consultations, examination and dispensing of veterinary medicines. The laboratory will cater diagnostic services to in-house patients and monitor disease surveillance for Chukha and Samste. It also has a library facility for staff consisting of latest technical advances and other references. While the second floor has conference facilities, the third floor has two staff quarters.
The unit will provide the services of the earlier existing CVH and laboratory as a sub-unit under the Regional Livestock and Development Centre-Tsimasham for western region. It will function as referral centre for advance veterinary practices and serve to the demand of pet and livestock owners seeking specialised veterinary clinical services.
As the Phuentsholing is hotspots for disease outbreak, the losses incurred to the farmers due to frequent outbreak is also expected to be reduced with the improved hospital and laboratory in place. The veterinary service delivery to the client in the region is also expected to be improved. In addition, a significant contribution towards public health is expected by keeping check on the zoonotic diseases in close collaboration with the Department of Public Health.
The CVH and laboratory will continue to play a crucial role in cross border collaboration as in the past. CVH in the past year (2013-2014) sterilised and vaccinated 1687 dogs and cats in the Phuentsholing Thromde of which 891 dogs and cats were from Jaigaon. Such collective efforts are very crucial in protecting both human and animal health.
At the inauguration, Lyonpo acknowledged the GoI for their fruitful and continued support. He added that the unit will further help the early detection of diseases through constant monitoring and surveillance to tackle and enable rapid response to such outbreaks. He assured that the Ministry would make the best use of the new infrastructure with better and timely service delivery.
The Ambassador shared that the CVH would be a centre of excellence for treating animals while laboratory would be a watchdog for diseases surveillance to prevent disease outbreak. Considering the cross border connection, he expressed his confident that the unit would play a useful role in future.
Their Excellencies also expressed that the cross border collaboration needs to be further strengthened, develop deeper understanding and work more closely for the benefit of both sides.
The unit has five staff including a veterinary doctor, animal health supervisor, laboratory technicians and support staff.
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