Ethiopia, Puntland animal health professionals share experiences

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Ethiopian Animal Health Institute (EAHI) has yesterday completed a training on laboratory quality assurance and Capacity Building for Animal Health Professionals from Puntland State of Somalia, the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia said.

The intensive training on laboratory quality assurance and capacity building was conducted from April 29 –May 08, 2022 which was organized by Ethiopian Animal Health Institute and Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry under Water for Agro-pastoral productivity and Resilience (Biyole Project) in Puntland.

The training mainly focused on the requirements of ISO 17025 standards such as general requirement, structural requirement, resource requirement, process requirement and management system requirement.

At the same time, practical training on Serological, Molecular and bacteriological tests were delivered linking with quality management system of the international standard.

Speaking on the closing ceremony of the training, the representative of State Minster of Livestock and Fishery Resource Development Sector of Ministry of Agriculture, D/r Yohanis Girma stated that neighbor countries collaboration is very critical to prevent and control trans boundary animal disease as well as to develop and grow together.

Nowadays, since International livestock trade or market requirement is very critical, we need to wok together closely and harmonize our policy, strategy, method, standard and how to implement laboratory tests, D/r Yohanis said.

D/r Yohanis also urged on the trainees to implement the experience they have shared from Ethiopian Animal Health Institute when they return to their country.

Minister of Livestock and Animal Husbandry of Puntland State of Somalia Mr. Mohamed Abdulahi on his part indicated that they will work with the FDRE Ministry of Agriculture especially with the Livestock Sector and Ethiopian Animal Health Institute strengthening their collaboration in the future on certain areas such as trans boundary animal diseases and livestock trade promotion.

Mentioning this training is not the first and the last in Ethiopia, the Minister added that collaboration working, knowledge and experience sharing will continue between the two countries.

According to General Director of Animal Health Institute D/r Tasfaye Rufael, the Institute has been working on different capacity building such as serology, molecular and sequencing which is even not found in another lab of around the western part.

It is not only working different activities in Ethiopia but also works as a reference laboratory for eastern African countries and supports African laboratories. At the end of the ceremony, certificates have been handed over to