Over 4,700 UN agency trained veterinarians new vanguard against deadly disease outbreaks
12.03.2018 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of now, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is performing veterinary health experts’ training worldwide, UN Radio says referring to Juan Lubroth, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer, last week report.
As to the report, over 4,700 veterinary health professionals who have just completed a FAO training to tackle disease outbreaks are presently the new front line of defence protecting farm animals against deadly illnesses within 25 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to keeping fowl, cattle, pigs and other animals safe, the freshly trained veterinarians will also help keep at bay diseases that are deadly to humans.
«Some 75% of new infectious diseases that have emerged in recent decades originated in animals before jumping to us Homo sapiens, a terrestrial mammal,» Lubroth admits.
It is to be mentioned, Lubroth organized the trainings over the past year.
A proactive approach to animal health and disease is critical, Lubroth highlights.
«For that [approach], the world needs well-trained, up-to-speed professionals - biologists, ecologists, microbiologists, modellers, physicians and veterinarians ¬ which is why the United States’ consistent support for building up that kind of capacity has been invaluable,» he stressed.