Technicians from nine Central America and Caribbean countries participated in a workshop on the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH/OIE) Veterinary Services Provision program (PVS) organised by the National Service of Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and the International Regional Organisation for Agricultural Health (OIRSA).
Veterinarians from Cuba, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama gathered with their Mexican counterparts to participate in the workshop, whose aim is to contribute together with the health authorities of the countries in the region to improve the services regarding animal health and welfare matters.
The technicians of the OIRSA’s member countries studied the four essential core ideas of the PVS program that, among other aspects, teaches the veterinarians about the implementation of the health measures needed to prevent and control animal diseases.
Supported by WOAH/OIE experts from Argentina, the participants delved into the four pillars that make up the basis of the organisation’s PVS program: Human, physical and financial resources; authority and technical ability; interaction with the interested parties; and access to the markets.
With these elements, the specialists become updated in matters such as the implementation of programs for the control and eradication of pests and animal diseases, the offering of top quality veterinary services and the way to take the actions needed to tend appropriately to the health emergencies that could appear.
One of the core ideas is based on the way that the laboratories and the organisms implied can harmonise their standards based on the WOAH/OIE rules, the Codex Alimentarius and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), that allows the countries to encourage a safe commercial exchange of healthy, harmless and top quality animal products.
In the meeting, that took place at the SENASICA’s Services, Diagnosis and Verification Integral Unit (UISDC), located in Tecamac (State of Mexico), the participants recognised the technical support offered by Mexico to the OIRSA’s countries through their globally acknowledged reference laboratories, that are the base so the certification tasks fulfill the international health regulations.
70 people (WOAH/OIE instructors and official staff from the aforementioned countries) participated, and the attendees committed to the implementation of the PVS process in their countries and to share the knowledge obtained.
Saturday, May 12th, 2018/ SAGARPA/ Mexico.