The Ministry of Agriculture has eight veterinary epidemiologists, says Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao. He said one epidemiologist was based in Gaborone and coordinates animal traceability (LITS/BAITS) and Livestock Advisory Centres (LACs).
Another epidemiologist, Mr Molao said, was also based in Gaborone in the imports and export section. He said a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) focal point deals with certification, international trade and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) protocols.
He said another epidemiologist, also based in Gaborone, coordinates field operations and disease control activities including disease surveillances, official vaccinations and supervision of veterinary installations such as camps and quarantine stations.
In addition, the assistant minister said another epidemiologist was based at the National Veterinary Laboratory in Sebele, and was also part of the disease control team involved in emergency disease investigations and management of disease information and reporting system (ARIS) and international disease notification.
Two epidemiologists, he said, were also based at the National Veterinary Laboratory in Sebele in the virology section.
In addition, he said there was one wildlife epidemiologist based in Maun and heads the district veterinary office while one epidemiologist was based in Tsabong and heads the district veterinary office.
The MP for Ngami, Mr Thato Kwerepe had asked the assistant minister whether there were veterinary epidemiologists in his ministry, and if so, state their number and the area of operation.
Source : Parliament