Outbreaks of foot mouth disease in various parts of Pakistan
Islamabad : Upon receiving a report from farmers about outbreaks of foot mouth disease (FMD) in various parts of Pakistan, an urgent online meeting was called by the federal minister for National Food Security & Research, Syed Fakhar Imam. The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister for Livestock and Dairy development, Punjab (Mr.Sardar Husnain Badhur Drashak), Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives, Khyber Pakhtun Khwa (Mr.Mohib Ullah Khan), provincial Secretary Livestock and Dairy development (Mr.Tayyab lahri) Blochistan and Director General Livestock (Dr. Nazeer Kalhoro) Sindh, senior officer from Ministry of National food security and Research including Additional Secretary and staff of Animal Husbandry Commissioner were also present at the meeting.
The situations was deliberated upon in detail and measures to control further spread were discussed. FMD is one of the most significant animal diseases that affects trade and economy. Concerns over the flaring outbreaks of FMD in various parts of the country were raised. the unavailability of adequate amount of quality FMD vaccine was discussed at length and ppointed out to be one of the major issues concerning control. This disease has significant potential to disrupt the international trade of meat and meat products. Additional secretary informed the participants that National Disease surveillance and control program is being approved at a cost of Over 5 billian to be financed by the federal Government while responses teams shall be approved by provincial department. Once this system is in place, the disease shall be reported in real-time and responded accordingly besides meeting the information commitment under WTO’s SPS regime.
In order to take immediate measure following were agreed:
a. Adequate funds for import of quality FMD vaccine shall be allocated by respective province and sustains it in subsequently years to contain and control of FMD in the respective jurisdiction of provinces.
b. All possible control measures including but not limited to ring vaccination control of animal movement and improved bio-security shall be put in place on emergency basis to and from outbreak area.
c. A well conversant officer from each provincial Livestock department shall be declared as focal point, who will report FMD incident on Daily basis to Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Ministry Of National Food Security and Research for future action appropriate for control of this disease.