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BAF Collaborates With Korean Agency To Enhance Veterinary Diagnostics In Fiji

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is collaborating with the Quarantine and Inspection Agency from the Republic of Korea to develop a proposal for the World Organisation for Animal Health
30 Oct 2016 11:22
BAF Collaborates With Korean Agency To Enhance Veterinary Diagnostics In Fiji
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The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is collaborating with the Quarantine and Inspection Agency from the Republic of Korea to develop a proposal for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for Veterinary Laboratory Twinning Programme in Fiji.

This will be to enhance laboratory management and strengthen the country’s animal disease diagnosis and research capacity for early disease detection and rapid control.

A mission from QIA is currently in Fiji to develop the laboratory twinning with the Fiji Veterinary Pathology Laboratory which is the only existing veterinary laboratory in Fiji and is under the Ministry of Agriculture.

The proposal is to twin the Fiji Veterinary Pathology Laboratory with the QIA.

The OIE Permanent Delegate of Fiji, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) executive chairman Xavier Khan said the Fijian Government is committed to improve the agricultural sector in Fiji and BAF as a focal point for OIE sought guidance from OIE on improving the veterinary diagnostics in Fiji.

The OIE Laboratory Twinning Programme has a reference or collaborating laboratory with a candidate laboratory where the reference laboratory will help in building expertise and technical knowledge of the candidate laboratories.

The proposal for twining programme in Fiji will have the QIA as the reference laboratory and the Fiji Veterinary Pathology Laboratory as the candidate laboratory where knowledge and skills will be exchanged through this link over a period of three years.

Mr Khan said the QIA is funding its mission to Fiji to have technical consultations with relevant stakeholders to develop the proposal for the laboratory twinning programme for submission to OIE.

He said the QIA experts, Dr Moon Her and Dr Jenny Kim with staff of BAF had been facilitating all internal consultations with Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health and Medical Services

“BAF as a focal point for OIE is ensuring that veterinary services in Fiji are improved and livestock sector in Fiji is enhanced.”

Mr Khan said the OIE Laboratory Twinning Programme is to build expertise for most important animal diseases and zoonoses to improve capacity for disease prevention, detection, and control through better veterinary governance.

“Twining of Fiji Veterinary Pathology Laboratory with the QIA will allow Fiji to access high quality diagnostic testing and technical knowledge thus facilitating early disease detection and rapid control,” he said.

“A high level of scientific expertise is essential to allow Fiji to formulate science-based animal health control strategies to support the standard setting process of the OIE.”

Mr Khan said during their visit to Fiji, the QIA experts Dr Moon Her and Dr Jenny Kim will be identifying the gaps in Fiji Veterinary Pathology Laboratory and will provide recommendations to improve the laboratory facility and diagnostic capacity.

QIA experts Dr Her and Dr Kim will be working closely with BAF and Ministry of Agriculture to finalise documents and requirements for the OIE Laboratory.

He said the laboratory twinning programme will be implemented after endorsement from OIE.

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