FCTA strengthens animal disease surveillance and reporting system

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As part of the efforts of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to mitigate the outbreak and spread of animal diseases in the FCT, the Secretary of Mandate of the Secretariat for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, unveiled the Secretariat’s plans to strengthen its disease surveillance, detection and control reporting system.

The Secretary made the remark during a working visit to the FCT Veterinary Clinic in Nyanya where he expressed his satisfaction on the state of the clinic’s facilities with particular reference to the diagnostic laboratory which was commissioned by the Honorable Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, in 2021.

He commended veterinary officials for the efficient management of the laboratory facilities which he noted were fully equipped to meet the needs of FCT animal owners and breeders. He therefore stressed the need for animal owners and CTF breeders to refrain from frequenting quack clinics.

According to Abubakar, “As you can see, the facilities here are state of the art and comparable to the best in the world. I would therefore like to call on residents to attend the clinics in order to access quality animal health care.

Speaking on the issue of disease prevention and control, the Secretary revealed that the Secretariat had, through the Department of Veterinary Services, strengthened its surveillance system to improve its ability to detect and control the appearance and spread of animal diseases.

“We intend to build the capacity of our veterinary health officers and physicians to expose them to modern trends in disease surveillance and reporting,” he said.

The visit also took the Secretary to the FCT Fishmarket in Kado where he asked the Department of Fisheries to ensure that the issues that have prevented full utilization of the laboratory are resolved to enable it to fulfill its responsibilities of carrying out daily laboratory tests to ensure the safety of fish sold to the public.

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