The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (AH&VS) of the Government of Sikkim is set to develop the “Animal Health and Disease Management Information System (AHD-MIS)” which will track infectious diseases and non-infectious, treatments and inoculation details for all animal species.
In this regard, a technical consultation meeting was held recently under the chairmanship of AH&VS Secretary – Dr. P. Senthil Kumar in Gangtok.
He was attended by the Senior Animal Husbandry Manager – Dr. BM Chettri; Senior Director of Veterinary Services – Dr. Madan S. Shankar; Additional directors – Dr. Sharman Rai (Piggery Development); Dr SP Bhutia (VS) and Dr TB Ghatani (Gangtok District) among others.
According to the secretary of the AH&VS, this GIS can gather all the information related to the disease in the field. The assigned jurisdiction’s Veterinary Officer is responsible for reporting all animal health and disease information via a mobile application.
GIS system is being developed with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to collect, process and generate reports at Gram Panchayat (GP) level, block level, district level and at the state level to enable the availability of information for managers, decision makers and decision makers. ; keeping in mind the immediate response, control and management of animal diseases in the state.
Sponsored by RKVY, the project is implemented by Disease Investigation Cell.
The main objectives of this AHD-MIS are to eliminate the existing manual system by developing an application software that will provide a simple, reliable and fast reporting system on animal diseases, in order to allow the AH&VS department to have a clear visibility at all levels for informed disease decision-making. , control measures and their consequences; create a one-stop-shop for information for various livestock diseases across the state and have easy access to relevant information in real time; sharing information within States and between States (early warning system); monitor disease occurrence and existing control programs; assess vaccination needs; to identify unusual disease events or emerging diseases and other animal disease issues.
Meanwhile, data on newly emerging diseases in states such as African swine fever (ASF) and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), transboundary foodborne diseases and notifiable diseases such as rabies should also be entered into the MIS. system.