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Poultry Disease Management Agency - 01 Aug 2013
The month of July has been filled with a lot of excitement as always.
Getting to know the flock’s health status
In the continued quest to understand the National Flock’s Disease status better, the PDMA introduced the SAPA Disease Notifier, an application on mobile devices that is designed to assist with reporting of disease outbreak. The app was launched in the month of July. The information will be aggregated and reports generated and distributed to the users. The app is currently limited to the veterinarians and will be extended to the laboratories in the very near future.
The information will be used to map diseases in the country as well as getting a better understanding of the prevalence of the important diseases. Such information is essential to ensuring that the resources are channelled towards the most important and costly diseases. The app will also work as an early warning system. The app is not a replacement for the current government’s notifiable diseases reporting system. All notifiable diseases still have to be reported to the relevant state veterinarian.
The agency’s communication progress
In order to increase the agency’s relevance, it is important that the agency continues to improve the way it communicates with the stakeholders. As such, many communication avenues are explored to establish the most effective ways of reaching the farmers. The agency has launched its own website to simplify access to information that is disease related. The url is www.poultrydiseases.co.za, please visit us and provide us with feedback. I have also invited vets who will be our regular contributors of articles to keep the farmers informed. In addition to this, the visitors can also access the chicken doctor through the PDMA website. The chicken doctor is a discussion platform where cases can be posted and discussed to enhance the disease knowledge of all who are involved.
The success of these communication platforms relies on active participation from all stakeholders. Please do visit the platforms and provide your feedback.
The office update
There have been some staff changes at the agency. Miss Malesedi (Sedi) Mokgoatlheng joined the agency, replacing Miss Pertunia Setumo who left the agency to join one of the major banks. Please join us in welcoming Sedi to the SAPA family. Sedi comes with a lot of experience in Poultry Production, including Broiler Breeders. She will be a great asset to the agency.
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