The Federal Government, in collaboration with Oyo State Government, on Tuesday, launched a new mobile application, National Animal Disease Information System (NADIS), to track and report animal disease outbreak in Oyo State.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Co-ordinating Director, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Gideon Alade, on Wednesday.
According to Alade, with recent intervention from the World Bank, NADIS was launched to accurately report disease outbreaks by animal health workers.
“In a training organised for private and public animal health workers, held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the lead facilitator, Dr. Olaseju Taiwo, a Vetrinary and Pest Control expert from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, explained that the new software has two applications, the NADIS-mobile which is for collection of data from the field, and NADIS-admin for viewing reported diseases and analysis,” he said.
Alade quoted Taiwo as saying that the application can be downloaded on Play Store as VETSARK or via mobile browsers by typing nadis.mobile.ng.
“The app will enable veterinary outfits, both public and private or the university sectors to accurately report cases of disease outbreak near them, which will be followed by prompt intervention from government at all levels.
“By doing so, disease outbreaks can easily be curbed before causing much damage,” he said.
He stressed that the purpose of the training session was to teach private and public vets on how to use NADIS and also to improve and expand their surveillance points.
In his presentation, the Head, State Disease Reporting Records Collation and Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Kareem Akeem, stated that disease reporting must be systematic and timely.
He added that it is a form of communication about diseases affecting animals which involves the collection and submission of data on disease cases to the appropriate authorities, responsible for surveillance and control.
Akeem stressed that laboratories, livestock producers, research institutions, animal owners and government agencies are key entities that play a role in identifying and reporting disease cases.
In his opening remarks, the Co-ordinating Director, Oyo State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Opawusi Olalekan, said the purpose of the training is to equip animal health workers with the needed knowledge on disease reporting.
He said the training will help them on how to improve their practice at their various veterinary outfits for the good of the public.
While welcoming participants, the State Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. (Mrs.) L.S. Azeez, said the training was timely considering the recent outbreak of deadly zoonotic diseases such as Anthrax, that ravaged few African countries, killing animals and people.
She added that the training will assist the state government to have timely and accurate disease reporting format as well as curbing and preventing outbreak of disease.
Azeez called on the private veterinary outfits to give their maximum cooperation to the government officers in the collation of disease reports throughout the state.
The training was attended by Veterinary Doctors from the private, public and university sectors, as well as all the Directors of Agriculture from the 33 local governments in the state.