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Modern referral animal disease diagnostic lab near Bhubaneswar soon

Bhubaneswar, July 14: Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (F&ARD) Department is contemplating to bridge the infrastructure gap in livestock health care by setting up a state-of-the-art referral animal disease diagnostic laboratory near Bhubaneswar and one GMP compatible viral vaccine laboratory at Bhubaneswar.

This was informed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday while speaking at the national seminar on “Livestock Health” organised by the F&ARD department here.

“The initiatives taken by department to establish GMP compatible bacterial vaccine production laboratory at Bhubaneswar is worth mentioning, as this would help in production of quality vaccine in sufficient quantity to meet the State’s requirement. The Department is also planning to bridge the infrastructure gap in Livestock Health Care by setting up a State of the Art Referral Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory near Bhubaneswar and one GMP compatible viral vaccine laboratory at Bhubaneswar,” said Patnaik.

Stating that in the present scenario, most of the emerging infectious diseases in humans are originated from either animals or birds Patnaik said therefore, livestock disease control is of paramount importance from public health point of view.

“By preventing diseases in animals & birds, we can ensure optimal production level and a healthy society,” said Patnaik.

Maintaining that the State Government has introduced mobile veterinary units in all the blocks, Patnaik said the farmers of remote and inaccessible areas were getting veterinary services for their animals at their door-step.

“There has been a remarkable achievement in reducing the mortality and morbidity of livestock through various interventions such as routine de-worming, preventive vaccination and healthcare measures. Animal disease diagnostic facility has also been strengthened.  Necessary skill up-gradation training is imparted to Livestock Inspectors (LI) to examine samples at their level. Besides, one Disease Diagnostic Laboratory is also established in each district with required facilities,” said the Chief Minister.

He said the department was also focusing on vaccination in and around zoo, national parks and sanctuaries for creation of immune belts to check spread of infection and minimize the morbidity and mortality of animal diseases. 

He said in the first phase, 98 newly selected Livestock Inspectors are now undergoing training.
“Today, 104 Livestock Inspectors selected through District Selection Committees are getting their engagement orders and will undergo training for two years,” said Patnaik.

Department Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Secretary Bishnupada Sethy, MP Prasanna Patsani, two Bhubaneswar MLAs, Bijay Mohanty and Priyadarshi Mishra, Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi, and OUAT VC Dr Pasupalak graced the occasion.

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