Mar 25, 2009, 8:25 AM
The Deputy Permanent Secretary and Finance Administrator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Sheriffo Bojang, has highlighted the dangers of avian Influenza, noting that the disease still poses a real threat to the lives and livelihood of millions of peoples around the world, to economic and human health.
Bojang was speaking on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture at the opening ceremony of the West and Central Africa Diagnostic Veterinary Laboratory Network sub-regional forum on quality assurance in veterinary laboratory. The training is being attended by national laboratory directors and quality assurance managers from five English-speaking countries in West Africa namely,
Mr. Bojang said that since the first reported outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Aviance Influenza (HPAI) in the African continent in 2006, The Gambia has greatly stepped up activities geared towards building and strengthening national capacities to deal with diseases.
"Avian influenza has not been reported in the
He stated that the workshop is in line with the training needs to strengthen the diagnostic capacity of the central veterinary laboratory, animal health and production services.
According to him, the
The workshop and a host of others, he added, serve as testimony to the commitment of the
For his part, Dr Babagana Ahmadu, FAO country representative, said the incursion of highly pathogenic avian influenza HRNI in
Ms. Cindy Gregg charge d’affaires at the US Embassy said it is wonderful that animal and plant health inspection services of the US Department of Agriculture and FAO could come together to offer this important training. According to her, improving management practice, testing and quality control is key in the fight against avian influenza and other transboundary diseases.