Government Starts ABC For Dogs

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SRINAGAR:  Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Fisheries and Transport Department, Dr Asgar Samoon today said the Department will soon start Animal Birth Control- Anti Rabies (ABC-AR) programme in all districts of J&K.

The initiative is aimed to keep a check on the rising dog population, he said.

Dr Samoon made these remarks during training cum seminar on emerging diseases and the role of veterinarians under centrally sponsored scheme-ASCAD which was organised by the Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products, Zakura here.

The programme was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary; Director Animal Husbandry Department, Kashmir, Dr Purnima Mittal; CEO Livestock Development Board, Dr Satish Razdan; Joint Director Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products, Zakura; Joint Director, Poultry Project Hari Parbat, Chief Animal Husbandry officers of Kashmir division and other officers.

During the seminar, papers were presented on the theme of emerging Zoonotic disease and the role of veterinarians and medicos.

Dr Samoon stressed on the need for closer collaborations between veterinarians, physicians, and public health professionals in individual health, population health, and comparative medicine research.

He also impressed on the collaboration between physicians and veterinarians in comparative medicine that would help in improving understanding of zoonotic agent-host interactions.

He added that for the surveillance system to be effective, reliable information on specific diseases must be readily available so that data can provide “information for action.

Dr Samoon also stressed on the augmentation of laboratories of the department with manpower and required diagnostic equipment.

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