Nakuru County is hosting the first cohort of 25 veterinary officers for a months training on the In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) program. The program is aimed to address the need for early detection and rapid response to endemic, emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and transboundary animal diseases through training.
The program is in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization and USAID. It also seeks to develop and increase the number of frontline veterinarians from both public and private sectors with competency in veterinary field epidemiology.
While officially opening the meeting, Livestock PS, Harry Kimtai, said there’s a need for a robust animal health system. He added that the training will help build capacity for the vet services and increase effective surveillance. This will help improve and strengthen performance at the County Governments to help prevent animal health threats, protect human health, livelihood and food security. He was in the company of Agriculture CEC, Dr. Immaculate Maina among other top officials.