12 mo­bile ve­teri­nary clin­ics launched with PDO’s sup­port

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

launched the se­cond phase of the project, cost­ing around RO304,000. It is funded by Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Oman.

The mo­bile ve­teri­nary clin­ics are equipped with all di­ag­nos­tic, treat­ment and im­mu­ni­sa­tion tools as well as ca­pa­ble of con­duct­ing var­i­ous op­er­a­tions in or­der to pro­vide ve­teri­nary ser­vices for those far away from fixed ve­teri­nary clin­ics, MoAF stated.

Dr Hadi bin Mohsen al Lawati, di­rec­tor gen­eral of An­i­mal Re­sources at the min­istry, stress­ing the im­por­tance of mo­bile ve­teri­nary clin­ics, said, “In the first stage, we al­lo­cated large mo­bile ve­teri­nary clin­ics, with lab­o­ra­tory fa­cil­i­ties as well. These vans ser­viced ar­eas where large num­ber of breed­ers could ac­cess it for treat­ment of their an­i­mals but were far away from fixed clin­ics.

“The project was a suc­cess and then we thought of reach­ing live­stock own­ers in the most dis­tant places who could not come to fixed or large-sized mo­bile clin­ics. There­fore in the next phase small-sized ve­hi­cles were cho­sen to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to peo­ple in re­mote places, ded­i­cated only to treat­ment and op­er­a­tions, with­out lab fa­cil­i­ties.”

Ab­dul Aziz bin Ab­dul Hus­sein al Ajmi, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, PDO, said, “We are pleased to co­op­er­ate with the min­istry in such so­cial in­vest­ment projects. We are ready to fi­nance the min­istry in the third phase and are wait­ing for more de­tails on what kind of ve­hi­cles are needed by the min­istry.”

The mo­bile ve­teri­nary clinic is a four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle with twin cab­ins. A med­i­cal team con­sist­ing of a ve­teri­nar­ian, a ve­teri­nar­ian help and a driver is as­signed to each car. As per the Agri­cul­tural Cen­sus 2013, the live­stock pop­u­la­tion of the sul­tanate is about 3.2mn heads, of which 359,507 are cat­tle, 2,085,206 goats, 548,231 sheep and 242,832 camels.

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The mo­bile ve­teri­nary clinic is a four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle with twin cab­ins

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