Anti bird flu task force rue lack of man­power in check­points

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOPSTORIES -

IN A bid to come up with pos­si­ble so­lu­tion against the Avian In­fluenza out­break, the Re­gional Avian In­fluenza Task Force and stake­hold­ers re­cently con­vened for an emer­gency meet­ing.

The lack of man­power among quar­an­tine check­points on a 24 hour ba­sis in the Cordillera were among the is­sues dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Lo­cal Govern­ment Units, City and Pro­vin­cial Ve­teri­nary Of­fices (PVOs/CVOs), Agri­cul­tural Pro­vin­cial Co­or­di­nat­ing Of­fi­cers (APCOs), Bureau of An­i­mal In­dus­try (BAI), RAC-ADCE, DENR, PSA, DepEd, NMIS-RTOC, and pri­vate sec­tor such as chicken dung deal­ers, poul­try deal­ers, and pro­duc­ers.

For strict im­ple­men­ta­tion and to ad­dress the is­sue, the body rec­om­mended PNP per­son­nel in the lo­cal­ity will aid in

mon­i­tor­ing.

DA-CAR will also co­or­di­nate with the PNP to as­sist in the en­force­ment of reg­u­la­tory laws es­pe­cially on quar­an­tine.

The task force rec­om­mended ship­pers of poul­try prod­ucts in­clud­ing chicken dung to se­cure ship­ping per­mits is­sued by BAI and health cer­tifi­cates from a govern­ment vet­eri­nar­ian in com­pli­ance to the rules of quar­an­tine check­points.

BAI will im­ple­ment re­vo­ca­tion of han­dler’s li­cense and cer­tifi­cate of reg­istry for trans­port car­rier to delin­quent ship­pers.

Also, DA-CAR will co­or­di­nate with BAI through its Na­tional Ve­teri­nary Quar­an­tine Ser­vices (NVQS) to iden­tify and val­i­date all en­try points for pos­si­ble ad­di­tional check­points.

Dr. Lorenzo M. Caranguian, OIC re­gional ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of DA-CAR em­pha­sized the re­view of quar­an­tine check­points in CAR, avail­abil­ity of drugs and bi­o­log­ics, pro­to­col on re­port­ing such cases, and to strengthen in­for­ma­tion cam­paign.

In ad­di­tion, DA-CAR through the Live­stock Pro­gram is also strength­en­ing its in­for­ma­tion ed­u­ca­tion by post­ing up­dates through so­cial me­dias, briefers and other nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion were sent out to the dif­fer­ent pro­vin­cial agri­cul­tural of­fices. DA-CAR re­lease

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