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Levels of advancement

II­5 Epidemiological surveillance

1. 2 .

The VS have no passive surveillance programme. The VS conduct passive surveillance for some relevant

The authority and capability of the VS to determine, verify and report on the sanitary status of the animal populations under their mandate.

A. Passive epidemiological surveillance

diseases and have the capacity to produce national reports on some diseases. 3. The VS conduct passive surveillance for some relevant diseases at the national level through appropriate networks in the field, whereby samples from suspect cases are collected and sent for laboratory diagnosis with evidence of correct results obtained. The VS have a basic national disease

reporting system.


The VS conduct passive surveillance and report at the

national level on most relevant diseases. Appropriate field networks are established for the collection of samples and submission for laboratory diagnosis of suspect cases with evidence of correct results obtained. Stakeholders are aware of and comply with their obligation to report the suspicion and occurrence of notifiable diseases to the VS. 5. The VS regularly report to stakeholders and the international community (where applicable) on the findings of

passive surveillance programmes.

Results Strengths : Surveillance well supported by NamLITS identification and traceability system south of the VCF. VS has highly competent professionals in the epidemiology division, capable of developing surveillance programs and advanced data analysis. Farmers and private veterinarians contribute to the passive surveillance by completing animal health questionnaire, and submitting samples when reportable animal health events are observed. Thanks NamLITS identification system, VS is able to conduct more accurate surveys and validations. Weaknesses : NamLITS identification and traceability system are not applied equally north of the VCF Insufficient number of professionals and paraprofessionals in the field particularly north of the VCF Personnel vacancies and budgetary deficiencies in the laboratory negatively impact the capability to increase the number of diseases investigated and samples tested Supporting documentation (documents or photos): Animal Health Technicians´ Protocol for Routine Farm Inspections Directorate of Veterinary Services Available Databases Disease Report Form TC.3937.FAO.TAD.002 V 2.00 An Example of an Abattoir´s Validation in Namibia June 2008 DVS Animal Health Declaration Guidance Notes Version 1.0 February 2008 DVS Animal Health Declaration Official animal health declaration for all livestock famers DVS Disease Report Forms capital press 002442 Surveillance Model Draft Sep_08 Surveillance Narrative


Namibia PVS report version II 23012009

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