Dr. Igga inaugurates first ever veterinary diagnostic laboratory

By: Sheila Ponnie

The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in partnership with UN FAO has inaugurated the Central Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory facility in Juba yesterday.

The initiative is to act as a national referral diagnostic laboratory for the country in its quest to control animal disease outbreaks.

While inaugurating the facility, the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga urged the legislatures to increase the budget allocated to the Ministry of Livestock in order to facilitate the smooth running of its activities such as managing the veterinary laboratory.

Dr. Igga said there was need to improve development and the use of science technology; he also called for global assistance and the need for increased risks management.

James Janka Duku, Minster of Livestock and Fisheries said the central Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory was one of the achievements of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

He said the laboratory is classified internationally as of level one and it is equipped to diagnose most of the common tropical animal diseases in the Country.

“The inauguration comes in time to meet the current state of emergency that was declared by the President on the ongoing flooding which exacerbated wide spread and outbreak of animal diseases country wide,” Duku said.

However, the minister said that the entire animal Kingdom in South Sudan though not commercialized towards the national economy is also threatened with outbreaks of diseases.

The ministry’s policy has provided for management of animal health against diseases.

Meshack Malo, Country Representative Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said the livestock resources in the country could constitute up to 4 billion USD.

“What we need to do is to move it towards commercialization to ensure that the 12 million cattle 12 goats and the 12 million sheep are able to contribute to cross domestic products of the country, currently the livestock contributes only about 3 percent but small things like this central diagnosed absolutely are going to make South Sudan reach in to the commercial sector of the livestock production.

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