The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) gave mobile technology designed for animal disease detection to the Veterinary Services Directorate (VSD) of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA).

Twenty districts in Brong Ahafo, Volta and Upper East regions would benefit from the project, which will initially be implemented for a period of six months.

Known as the ‘Event Mobile Application (EMA-I),’ the technology would enable VSD to promptly report on animal diseases that might pose danger to consumers.

FAO Regional Manager for West and Central Africa Dr. Baba Soumare said early detection and timely reporting on animal diseases, including zoonoses, remained a national, regionala nd global challenge.

Zoonoses are infectious diseases that could be transmitted naturally between animals (usually vertebrates) and humans. Dr. Soumare explained that good quality diseases information and timely reporting were needed in order to understand the disease situation, support decision making, prevent potential disease incursion and respond quickly.

Credits: | Dominic M. Awiah