Strengthening Philippine's epidemiology capabilities and disease surveillance
In his opening message, BAI OIC Director Dr. Paul Limson recognized the significance of implementing the project in mitigating the spread of transboundary animal diseases such as the African Swine Fever (ASF) and Avian Influenza (AI).
“The implementation of this project is indeed relevant in elevating our country’s regional and national level capabilities in veterinary epidemiology and combating deadly transboundary animal diseases such as ASF and AI.” Director Limson said.
On January 18, 2023, BAI and FAO representatives had a courtesy call meeting with Batangas Mayor Eric Africa and Batangas City Veterinarian Dr. Samuel Comia. Dr. Comia discussed the best practices on the suppression of animal diseases with their programs and projects to strengthen the field epidemiology workforce development plan of Batangas City. The team also visited the Happy Hen Farm of Dr. Darwin Sayoc and the backyard piggery farm of Mr. Raul de Castro in Lipa City, Batangas.
In the exit meeting on January 19, 2023, the BAI, Philippine College or Veterinary Epidemiologists (PCVE), and FAO-HQ finalized the implementation plan of the project in developing the epidemiology capacity in the Philippines which includes the training of veterinarians in field epidemiology that will happen in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of this year.
Participants of the scoping mission included FAO Representatives Dr. Ravi Dissanayake and Dr. Muhammad Usman Zaheer, FAO Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific Regional Manager Dr. Kachen Wongsathanpornchai and officials and representatives from the PCVE, PhilVet Health Services (PhilVet), BAI and provincial and municipal veterinarians. ###