2019 Animal Health Bill to be validated today

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and stakeholders will convene a three-day synergy today where they will validate Gambia’s 2019 Animal Health Bill.

The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) supported the three days convergence, which will attract participants from the public sector, veterinary statutory bodies, livestock keepers and traders and civil society organisations.

The document plans to enhance livestock policies and animal health legislation for improved technical capability, increased investment, foster public–private partnership and create better market access.

Director General of the Livestock Department Dr. Abdou Ceesay said the 1994 Animal Act, and the 2000 Gambia Veterinary Council Act are both outdated and do not address current realities in the veterinary domain which was why new documents were prepared.

He said the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) report; the GAP analysis mission report, the Veterinary Legislation Support Programme (VLSP) identification mission report and the study report that was conducted by Hawa Sisay Sabally have all revealed gaps in the veterinary legislation.

Dr. Ceesay said currently, it is known that 6 out of every 10 person with a none-infectious illness is acquired from animals and 75% of persons with new or emerging infectious illnesses originates from animals. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh