Kathmandu: The government has implemented a health strategy to prevent and control zoonotic diseases. The strategy envisions the collective efforts of public, animal, plant and environmental health care agencies against emerging, re-emerging, epidemic and zoonotic diseases.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Development, strategy was needed to fulfill the national commitment to implement the trilateral agreement of the World Organization for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization on acceptance of ‘One Health Approach’.
The objectives of the strategy are to establish multilateral stakeholders for mutual coordination and cooperation, timely identification of epidemics, strengthen information systems, enhance the capacity of stakeholders in preparation and response, and advocate for the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases.
The state and local levels can form a high power coordination committee consisting of multilateral stakeholders to meet the objectives of the strategy. During the implementation of the strategy, the concerned authorities will adopt a risk-based monitoring plan. For this, authorities should take immediate control measures and prevent any animal diseases from spreading to other areas if such a disease is found in a particular area.
According to the strategy, the authorities will work to develop the capacity of the community by providing technical support for virus isolation and molecular indexing as per international standards.