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Levels of advancement

I­7

Physical resources

The access of the VS to relevant physical resources including buildings, transport telecommunications, cold chain, and other relevant equipment (e.g. computers).

The VS have no or unsuitable physical resources at almost all levels and maintenance of existing infrastructure is poor or nonexistent. The VS have suitable physical resources at national (central) level and at some regional levels, and

maintenance and replacement of obsolete items occurs only occasionally. The VS have suitable physical resources at national, regional and some local levels and maintenance and replacement of obsolete items occurs only occasionally. The VS have suitable physical resources at all levels and these are regularly maintained. The VS have suitable physical resources at all levels (national, subnational and local levels) and these are regularly maintained and updated as more advanced and sophisticated items become available.

Results Strengths : Headquarters with adequate facilities; conditions and space are adequate and DVS are centrally located CVL with adequate space and in proximity to headquarters Most field offices have access to phone and fax Have obtained equipment and implemented a system for remote hand held data entry Headquarters and State Veterinary Offices also have computers, links to central database and internet Transportation is adequate provided by a) government vehicles b) monthly allowance for personal vehicles (only for professionals) c) reimbursement by kilometres driven using private vehicles Transportation of goods (cold chain) through a reliable private courier service The VS benefits from a regular mechanism for yearly budgetary allocations through the Ministry of Agriculture Weaknesses : Internet connections for clinics and other field offices are not yet available in most cases Laboratory equipment confined to scarce and outdated equipment and inadequate resources for maintenance and reagents Reimbursement rates for vehicle use are inadequate to cover cost of fuel, maintenance and vehicle replacement

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