E- Surveillance Workshop
The Chief Office officially opened the 2-day workshop on E- Surveillance on behalf of the CEC Agriculture, pastoral economy and Fisheries, for the community disease Reporters (CDRs),Kenya Wildlife Service, meat inspectors, agro veterinary shops and county veterinary officers on 21st and 22nd May 2018 at Kenya forestry research institute(KEFRI)by Feed the Future (FtF) Kenya, Accelerated value chain development (AVCD) and International Livestock Research Institute(ILRI).This comes after a series of trainings for the county veterinary officers, community disease reporters, animals health practitioners and livestock producers.
“Development starts with the community getting to know the diseases affecting their livestock and be able to seek help in the form of treatment and deworming, being a pilot project, the community disease reporters will share information with the county office, concept of e- surveillance.” Added the National Government directorate of veterinary services, Dr. Oyas Harry.
A total of 240 community disease reporters and 6,117 livestock producers on syndromic disease recognition and reporting spread across the 7 sub counties.
The system is aimed at improving flow of information between the community disease reporters and the County Government thus enhancing linkages between the County and the National Government, reduced incidences of late reporting of disease outbreaks among others.
A comprehensive feedback on the actual situation at the community level was discussed: issues affecting information gathering process, the use of e- surveillance gadgets.
Speaking on e-Surveillance Dr. Rono , Veterinary doctor based in Loima sub county, explaining the Loima CDR e- Surveillance program said that, “information received from the community disease reporters is then shared with the county Government and response be deployed on time.”