The Federal Government in collaboration with Oyo State Government on Tuesday, inaugurated a new software application National Animal Disease Information System, NADIS Mobile Application to track and report animal disease outbreak in Oyo State.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Gideon Alade on Wednesday in Ibadan.
NADIS is a platform for the animal health workers to report cases of disease outbreak in their environment. However, with recent intervention from the World Bank, the mobile application NADIS-mobile was launched to accurately report disease outbreaks by animal health workers.
In a training organized for private and public animal health workers held at the Conference Room of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the lead facilitator, Dr. Olaseju Taiwo, a Vet and Pest Control expert from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, explained that the new software has two applications, the NADIS-mobile which is for collection of data from the field, and NADIS-admin for viewing reported diseases and for analysis.
According to him, the application can be downloaded on Play Store as VETSARK or via mobile browsers by typing nadis.mobile.ng.
He said the app will enable veterinary outfits, both public and private or the University sectors to accurately report cases of disease outbreak near them, which will be followed by prompt intervention from Government at all levels.
“By doing so, disease outbreaks can easily be curbed before causing much damage”, he said.
He stressed that the purpose of the training session was to teach private and public Vets on how to use the National Animal Disease Information System, NADIS, and also to improve and expand their surveillance points.
In his presentation, the Head, State Disease Reporting Records Collation and Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Kareem Akeem, stated that disease reporting must be systematic and timely.
He added that it is a form of communication about diseases affecting animals which involves the collection and submission of data on disease cases to the appropriate authorities, responsible for surveillance and control.
Dr. Akeem stressed that Laboratories, livestock producers, research institutions, animal owners and government agencies are key entities that play a role in identifying and reporting disease cases.
In his opening remarks, the Coordinating Director, Oyo State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Opawusi Olalekan, said the purpose of the training is to equip animal health workers with the needed knowledge on disease reporting.
He said the training will help them on how to improve their practice at their various veterinary outfits for the good of the public.
While welcoming participants to the training session, the State Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. (Mrs.) L.S. Azeez said the training was timely considering the recent outbreak of deadly zoonotic diseases such as Anthrax, that ravage few African countries, killing animals and people.
She added that the training will assist the State Government to have timely and accurate disease reporting format and also to curb and prevent outbreak of disease.
Dr. Azeez, therefore, called on the Private Veterinary Outfits to give their maximum cooperation to the government officers in collation of disease reports throughout the State.
The training was attended by Veterinary Doctors from the Private, Public, and University sectors, alongside all the Directors of Agriculture from the 33LGs of the State.
Photo: Participants after the training in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
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