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Veterinary Boss On Avian Influenza

Sep 7, 2009, 7:05 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Director of Veterinary and Livestock Services, Dr. Kebba Daffeh has raised serious concerns over avian influenza, noting that though the scourge is not present in the country, it is still a major public concern.

Dr. Daffeh made this statement at the opening of a two-day forum on message development and material review, organised by the Department of Veterinary and Livestock Services under the support programme for Integrated National Action Plan against Avian and Human Influenza (SPINAP-GAMBIA PROJECT).

The forum that attracted 50 participants was held at the NANA conference hall in Bakau.

The forum focused on message development and material review on communication messages and strategy development on Avian and Human Influenza prevention and control.

The main objectives of the forum, according to Dr. Daffeh, was to develop two very important national documents referred as national communication strategies on the prevention and control of Avian Human Influenza and communication messages on its prevention and control.

Dr. Daffeh pointed out that the SPINAP-GAMBIA PROJECT is geared towards enhancing capacities in the event of any avian influenza breakout.

He, therefore, urged the participants to make the best use of the workshop and actively participate in its deliberations.