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DLS Veterinarians trained on Foot and Mouth Disease

Feb 4, 2020, 1:26 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

A three-day regional training of trainers for livestock veterinarians at the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) have recently wrapped up at Mansea Beach Hotel, hosted by the Department of Livestock Services under the ministry of Agriculture.

The convergence which brought participants from regional livestock directorates was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Health and plant infection service  in partnership with the Nkumekumah University of science and technology  faculty   Ghana.

Director General Department of Livestock Service, Dr. Abdou Ceesay, said the training emanated from the 2018 foot and mouth disease outbreak in The Gambia, when the country seek support from various development partners to fight against the disease.

He said the United States Department of Animal  Health Infection services was one of the development partners that positively responded to their call as they decided to support the country, especially the veterinary service of the country by coming up with capacity development  in our project .

He said the objective is to train veterinary field staff on Foot and mouth disease detection, in general surveillance and diagnostic and reporting.

Dr Ceesay described the training as an important one, saying they are hoping that at the end of the training, veterinary personnel will be able to gain sufficient knowledge on the recognition of Foot and mouth disease and impact that knowledge to the other field staff.

He used the opportunity to thank the regional livestock directors who are the main supervisors of the field staff for their commitment in participating in the training. He said the training will also look at different diagnostic techniques that are available for detection of foot and mouth disease using the laboratory.

According to him, capacity building of staff will continue to be his priority, saying that considering the veterinary field, there should be constant refresher training, which is part of their work plans to have continued development professional program.

The aim of the training was to bring all the key players dealing with farmers directly to have refresher discussion on some of the burning issues affecting them on their daily works.

Dr. Ceesay expressed appreciation to the funders of the training, saying his priority has always been capacity building of staff and their plight to ensure that they live in a better working condition to enable them deliver effectively and efficiently.