Laboratory outreach program started for farthest geogs of Tsirang
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.