Lab­o­ra­tory out­reach pro­gram started for far­thest ge­ogs of Tsir­ang

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The first ever lab­o­ra­tory out­reach pro­gram un­der the Depart­ment of Live­stock has started un­der five ge­ogs of Ser­githang, Phuentenchu, Tsir­ang­toe, Semjong and Barshong from 5th September un­der Tsir­ang Dzongkhag. Of the to­tal 12 live­stock ex­ten­sion cen­tres (LECs) in Dzongkhag, these five ge­ogs are more than 28 kms away from the Dzongkhag Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal which makes in­con­ve­nience for client and field staff to reach the fresh sam­ples timely at the Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal , which is not some­times fit for di­ag­nose.

The pro­gram will ben­e­fit far away lo­cated com­mu­ni­ties in sev­eral ways such as pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive treat­ment in clin­i­cal cases, aware and en­cour­age farm­ers to sub­mit sam­ples, fill­ing un­used ca­pac­ity and so­lid­i­fy­ing re­la­tion­ships with the live­stock sec­tor and com­mu­ni­ties. It will also help to study types of endo-par­a­sits present in live­stock pop­u­la­tion of dif­fer­ent ge­ogs.

Dzongkhag Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal af­ter its es­tab­lish­ment in Dam­phu have pro­vided di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices to clin­i­cal cases, no­ti­fi­able dis­ease in­ves­ti­ga­tion, car­ried out clin­i­cal and lab­o­ra­tory surveil­lance, cre­ated aware­ness on dif­fer­ent dis­eases of live­stock among peo­ple of 12 ge­ogs. It also co­or­di­nates the re­search sam­ple col­lec­tion for the Re­gional Live­stock De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre and Na­tional Cen­tre for An­i­mal Health (NCAH).

Tsir­ang with 12 ge­ogs, 60 chi­wogs and 101 vil­lages is a live­stock rear­ing Dzongkhag and one of the poul­try hub Dzongkhag. So, from the health prospec­tive, it is felt nec­es­sary to plan and carry out lab­o­ra­tory out­reach ser­vices to de­tect dis­eases in live­stock and ac­cord­ingly im­ple­ment its con­trol mea­sures. Sam­ples are an­a­lyzed as per the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures to Dzongkhag Hos­pi­tal and Na­tional Cen­tre for An­i­mal Health in Ser­bithang. As per the lab­o­ra­tory find­ings, drugs/medicines are dis­pensed for ef­fec­tive treat­ments of sick an­i­mals.

The lab­o­ra­tory out­reach pro­gram to ge­ogs will di­rectly ben­e­fit farm­ers and field staff in car­ry­ing out the ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ments. It will also re­duce the cost of medicine pro­cure­ment in fu­ture and en­sure to sup­ply only re­quire drugs to pre­vent un­nec­es­sar­ily ex­piry in cen­tre which causes a huge im­pact to gov­ern­ment bud­get.

The pro­gram has been com­pleted in Ser­githang an­a­lyz­ing a to­tal of 92 fae­cal sam­ples from bovine, caprine, avian and buf­falo. The team is cur­rently work­ing in Phuentenchu.

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