Per­for­mance of ve­teri­nary ser­vices eval­u­a­tion fol­low-up mission in the coun­try

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Ateam from the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (OIE) led by Dr. Eric Fer­met-Quinet is in the coun­try from March 8-19 for a fol­low up Per­for­mance of Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices (PVS) mission. The last PVS eval­u­a­tion was con­ducted in June 2008.

The OIE PVS is a global pro­gram de­signed to foster the sus­tain­able im­prove­ment of a coun­try’s ve­teri­nary ser­vices to meet the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. It pro­vides OIE mem­bers with use- ful tools for im­prov­ing an­i­mal and public health and meet­ing the san­i­tary and phyto-san­i­tary stan­dards of the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The team met with the Agri­cul­ture Ly­onpo, Yeshey Dorji and Sec­re­tary, Ten­zin Dhendup to dis­cuss fur­ther on the mission. The min­is­ter shared with team the chal­lenges par­tic­u­larly in terms of pro­vid­ing ve­teri­nary drugs and stor­age fa­cil­ity. He urged them also to an­a­lyse the gaps and sug­gest for im­prove­ment. The Sec­re­tary wel­com­ing the mission ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for OIE sup­port. He in­formed that the col­lab­o­ra­tion with OIE has re­mark­ably ben­e­fited the Live­stock Depart­ment in the field of an­i­mal health. The Sec­re­tary fur­ther shared the estab­lish­ment of the re­gional live­stock devel­op­ment cen­tres and the Dzongkhag Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tals as the sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments af­ter the last mission.

Dur­ing their stay, the team will study the vet- eri­nary per­for­mance in the coun­try in­clud­ing the ser­vices, in­fra­struc­ture, hu­man re­sources, co­or­di­na­tion and progress af­ter the last mission among oth­ers. Ac­cord­ingly, they will sug­gest rec­om­men­da­tions for strength­en­ing the ve­teri­nary ser­vices. This will fur­ther en­able the Depart­ment to de­fine the na­tional pri­or­i­ties and con­straints, the ex­pected re­sults at the end of the Five Year Plan and the ac­tiv­i­ties, hu­man and fi­nan­cial re­sources re­quired for its achieve- ment to en­able the proper func­tion­ing of the ve­teri­nary ser­vices.

The mission will also make field vis­its to Chukha, Paro, Wangdi, Pu­nakha and Tsir­ang cov­er­ing ve­teri­nary and ex­ten­sion cen­tres, live­stock of­fices, quar­an­tine sta­tion, poul­try/ dairy farms and in­ter­act ac­cord­ingly. They will present their find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions in a meet­ing on March 19.

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