Livestock of Pak-Afghan region: impacts of ‘Zoonotic Diseases’ on human life highlighted

September 25, 2013

Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic Diseases

Speakers at a joint seminar of Pak-Afghan on Zoonotic Diseases’ highlighted the livestock population being adversely suffered by Zoonotic disease in this region, and also worst impacts on human life, which they termed a biggest challenge for the both the neighbouring states.

The seminar, “Zoonotic Diseases facing the livestock population in the region and their relationship with human health hazards and sufferings”, organised by the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences University of Agriculture, Peshawar in collaboration with the Relief International on Tuesday.

Dr M Subhan Qureshi, Dean, Faculty of university formally inaugurated the seminar. Notable speakers were included Sayed Zia ul Haq Banuree, Dean of Veterinary Faculty, Nangarhar University, Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Ahmad Aziz Kanker Faculty member and 8 DVM students, Dr Abdul Basir, Program Officer, BEP Program Manager, Relief International, Afghanistan, accompanied the Afghan delegation. Dr Umer Sadique, Chairman Animal Health, Dr Sarzamin Khan, Chairman Poultry Science, Dr Ijaz Ali, IBGE and faculty members and postgraduate students were among the participant.

Professor Qureshi highlighted the importance of zoonotic diseases in livestock production and the responsibility of the Universities and research and development organisations to aware people about the hazards and educates them for protecting from such diseases. He offered full support of the University of Agriculture Peshawar to the Nangarhar University in admitting students to the postgraduate degree programs, discussion on technical matters of strategic importance to both the countries and linking the farmers and business stakeholders for collaboration in areas of common interest.

Dr Asghar Ali National Program Manager, Relief International appreciated the establishment of Zoonotic Information Center, Zoonotic Diagnostic Laboratory and sponsorship of the postgraduate research under a MoU with the University of Agriculture Peshawar, Nangarhar University, Jalalabad. He said the Relief International was organising more events to bring the faculty members, students, development agencies of both countries to achieve the common goal of serving the people.

Dr Sayed Zia ul, Dean of Veterinary Faculty, Nangarhar University appreciated the endeavours of discussing the zoonotic diseases by students and experts of both the Universities and emphasised upon the need to regularise such efforts and expand it to other activities like students exchange and collaborative research.

He was of the opinion that the people of both the countries are facing economic constraints and they need to be served in a more effective way through research and outreach activities. He appreciated the efforts of Relief International and offered all possible support of his University to make the efforts successful. Professor Qureshi reviewed the collaborative research and future strategies of RI and Universities in the Region. The shields, certificates were also awarded. Courtesy Business Recorder

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