4th National One Health Conference concludes
The Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Department of Public Health, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health have jointly organized 4th National One Health Conference from 19 to 21 December 2018 with financial support from World Health Organization (WHO) at Namsay Choeling Resort, Paro. The main objectives of the conference are to: 1. To provide an update on situation of zoonotic diseases in the country and to share the updated scientific information of recent emergence of zoonotic diseases that may have implications to human-animal-wildlife health in the country 2. To strengthen collaboration among relevant sectors (Livestock, Health, BAFRA, Wildlife and other stakeholders) in preventing and controlling of zoonoses; 3. To share experience(s) and expertise of any successful disease control interventions instituted by the stakeholders and new technologies/tools/approaches being practiced in Bhutan and elsewhere. 4. To present the research findings in the areas of one health. 5. To come up with action plan for implementation of one health activity in the 12th FYP and integrated action plan for coordinated response to zoonotic diseases. 6. To align the recommendations of the National IHR-PVS National Bridging Workshop with the 12th FYP of the respective agencies. A total of 57 officials from Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (Department of Livestock and Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority), Ministry of Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Royal University of Bhutan, Disaster Management, and National Environment Commission had participated in the conference. The human and animal health sector participants include policy makers, technical experts and field officials. The opening session of the three days conference was graced by Director Generals and Directors, Department of Livestock, Department of Medical Services and Department of Public Health.