Dig­i­tal por­tal for dis­ease surveil­lance

The Poultry Bulletin - - Q&A ON BACKYARD FLOCKS - For En­quiries on these and other PDMA Pro­grammes please con­tact: By Dr Ziyanda Ma­jok­weni Dr. Ziyanda Ma­jok­weni Di­rec­tor Poul­try Dis­ease Man­age­ment Agency Email: [email protected]­try.co.za PHONE: 012 529 8281(Of­fice)

The Poul­try Dis­ease Man­age­ment Agency’s (PDMA) main fo­cus is to pro­tect the na­tional flock through surveil­lance, mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment of dis­eases which threaten the health of the flock and food se­cu­rity. This it does through co­or­di­nat­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of poul­try dis­ease man­age­ment strate­gies and plans, an­i­mal wel­fare pol­icy, and prac­tice guid­ance in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the govern­ment and other key stake­hold­ers. Cur­rently the agency is tasked with co­or­di­na­tion of Avian In­fluenza surveil­lance in­for­ma­tion.

For the main­te­nance of data in­tegrity as well as en­sur­ing that re­li­able science-based in­for­ma­tion is avail­able to de­ci­sion mak­ers quickly at the point of need, the PDMA is ex­plor­ing op­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of a dig­i­tal por­tal, the Poul­try Dis­ease Mon­i­tor (PD Mon­i­tor).

The por­tal will al­low State Vet­eri­nar­i­ans and other per­mit­ted users of the sys­tem to ac­cess re­ports on dis­ease in­ci­dence and preva­lence na­tion­ally. Although the por­tal is be­ing de­vel­oped for Avian In­fluenza, its use will be ex­tended to other dis­eases. In pro­vid­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the sys­tem, the PDMA re­quested that the sys­tem be com­pat­i­ble with other rel­e­vant sys­tems, to al­low for in­te­grated “in­tel­li­gent” re­port­ing.

I am very ex­cited with this de­vel­op­ment as it as­sists my of­fice to main­tain the in­tegrity of dis­ease surveil­lance data, makes it eas­ier for users to ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion as well as plan re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties. I hope to pi­lot the sys­tem by the end of the year.

Ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment with De­part­ment of Poul­try Dis­eases and [email protected]

Ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of the PDMA strat­egy. Over the past few years, the PDMA has, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­part­ment of Poul­try Dis­eases and [email protected], con­ducted a Poul­try Dis­ease Man­age­ment Re­fresher Course for vet­eri­nar­i­ans.

This course has tar­geted vet­eri­nar­i­ans in state ser­vice to en­sure they are kept abreast with devel­op­ments in prac­tices within in the dis­ci­pline and poul­try in­dus­try. Three poul­try dis­ease man­age­ment cour­ses were held dur­ing this year and a to­tal of 18 vet­eri­nar­i­ans have been trained. Due to in­ter­est ex­pressed from state vet­eri­nar­i­ans a fur­ther course is planned for the 23 Oc­to­ber 2017.

Dis­cus­sions have also been held with var­i­ous provin­cial chief di­rec­tors and di­rec­tors who have wel­comed ini­tia­tives aimed at iden­ti­fy­ing poul­try spe­cial­ists who will act as “hot seats” in each prov­ince to as­sist the in­dus­try on ALL Poul­try re­lated queries, as well as ex­ten­sion of train­ing to An­i­mal Health Tech­ni­cians and Agri­cul­tural Ex­ten­sion Of­fi­cers to sup­port dis­ease man­age­ment ini­tia­tives.

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