India faces acute shortage of veterinarians

Workshop on ‘Impact of Climate Change on Emergence of New Diseases” was organised at Hyderabad to develop future strategy to combat the diseases due to climate changes
India faces acute shortage of veterinarians

There is an acute shortage of veterinarians in the country and as this issue is inter disciplinary Central government seeks support from state Government for allocating more and more resources to address the issue of disease control, a senior government official said.

Addressing a workshop on “Impact of climate change on emergence of new diseases” organised by Indian Immunologicals Ltd in Hyderabad Ashok Kumar Angurana, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture said that there is a need to bring together all the relevant stake holders for a dialogue of this issue.

“The outcome of workshop will help in developing future road map for research and help in country preparedness to combat new diseases,” he added

The workshop was organized to provide insights into the impact of climate change on infectious disease patterns, in human and animal populations, and the factors influencing them.The workshop was attended by about 120 participants representing various organizations from government research institution, medical fraternity, scientists and international experts.

This initiative of Indian Immunologicals was based on the dire need to understand the growing emergence of new diseases which affect humans as well as animals in coming years.

T  Nanda Kumar, Chairman, Indian Immunologicals Limited said, “We at Indian Immunologicals, have always focused on understanding the future needs of the animal health industry and initiate actions. Through this workshop, we have tried to bring all the stakeholders together and deliberate on the repercussions of the climate changes and how we can possibly work towards a common objective of preventing the diseases emerging as a result of these changes.”

“It is believed that the temporal and spatial changes in temperature, precipitation and humidity will affect the biology of pathogens, vectors and consequently the risk of disease transmission and its incidence. Hence, we feel, the outcome of this workshop will help in developing a future road map for research on preventive health products and help our country’s preparedness to combat new diseases,” he added.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research & Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare called for an interdisciplinary approach across various organizations to arrive at a road map, “Due to dietary changes, the nutrition value has gone down. Additionally the treatment is becoming costlier hence, community involvement is necessary to make the desired changes to control the diseases.”

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