FAO supports the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in livestock value chain in Cameroon

FAO supports the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in livestock value chain in Cameroon

12/05/2021

90 livestock and health care staff have been trained on COVID-19 cases detection, investigation and management, during a series of three successive workshops organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), from 21 to 28 April 2021 in Douala.

This training aimed at equipping veterinary services with capacities to help and support the public health services in the activities of investigation, detection or control of the COVID 19 pandemic. Conducted studies have equally provided evidence of the susceptibility of some pets to the virus. As the pandemic has been unfolding, it was observed that limitations of a sectorial approach in the management of health events are calling for a collaborative multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach to combat the spread of the virus.

Given the trend of the pandemic and its impact on the human health public system, it has become handy to expand diagnosis services to veterinary laboratories. To support veterinary services and protect livestock value chain from the present COVID-19 pandemic, FAO through the World Bank funded Pandemic emergency financing facility (PEF) implemented by World Health Organisation (WHO), has formulated the project: “COVID-19 cases detection and reporting in livestock value chain actors in North-West and South-West regions, Cameroon”. This project intends to provide support for COVID-19 cases detection and disease surveillance through capacity strengthening of frontline agents.