|Animal specimen shipping protocol simulation exercise for the North Pacific|
|Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:00|
Animal health officers meet together this week at the University of Guam for the Pacific Animal Health Laboratory Network (PAHLNet) Sub-regional laboratory workshop for North Pacific countries.
The activity runs from May 2-6, 2011 with the objective of testing the shipping mechanism and sub-regional animal health laboratory referral concept developed for the US Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) countries.
The University of Guam (UOG) have completed the establishment of the proposed sub-regional animal health laboratory for the North Pacific countries early this year.
A similar handover ceremony was held last 21st April to mark the completion of the Fiji Veterinary Pathology Laboratory as the sub-regional laboratory for Polynesia. The upgrading of the animal health laboratory in Papua New Guinea to cater for Melanesian countries, was completed in 2009 in partnership with PNG National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA). The upgraded facility is now the National Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory, situated in Kila Kila Port Moresby,
Several other organizations have significantly contributed in organizing this week’s workshop including the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association (PIHOA), CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) and the public health sector of each participating North Pacific country.
CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) has provided technical expertise for the effective delivery of laboratory exercises. CSIRO AAHL’s Regional Program within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response group delivers AAHL’s scientific and laboratory capacity building activities internationally, in particular the Asia Pacific region. AAHL’s microbiologist, Mr. Trevor Taylor, will provide technical and practical guidance in the conduct of brucellosis and leptospirosis diagnostic tests for cattle, goat, dogs and swine.
This simulation exercise is the first opportunity for the public health and human health sector to transport animal specimen for diagnostic testing in Guam. The three month preparation for this workshop was not without challenges.