Sunday, October 1, 2023

Valencian veterinarians communicate the most important concerns of their profession to the Minister of Health

On September 14, the presidents of the three colleges of the Valencian Council of Veterinary Colleges (CVCV) met for the first time with the Minister of Health, Marciano Gomez. The appointment was only a first contact, an approach designed to address the key issues affecting the profession. The current collaboration between both companies was reviewed; I looked into how to approach strategy One health -and in this area The functioning of the Valencian epizootiological surveillance network was explainedA– and on public health issues, they inquired about the status of various outstanding regulations impacting public health veterinarians and suggested “improving interdepartmental coordination, efficiency and effectiveness.” Creation of a Food Safety Authority of the Valencian Community.

Before addressing the matter, the representatives of the college wanted to thank Gómez for his willingness to receive them personally. Immediately afterwards, the agreements that serve to articulate the collaboration between this department and schools were explained: the public health agreement for training activities, joint consumer information campaigns and the promotion of research and scientific dissemination. ; that which regulates the analysis of trichinella for meat from game and domestic slaughter intended for domestic consumption; and that which includes the role of schools in matters relating to veterinary medicine. In this context, it was suggested that greater emphasis be placed on prevention by promoting dissemination, awareness and information about food safety at both consumer and farm level, and by promoting research.

It was also discussed how Promote the One Health strategy with regard to epidemiology and other areas of public health At this point, the philosophy and functioning of the Valencian Epizootiological Surveillance Network (Register of animal diseases and zoonoses diagnosed in domestic animals) was given as an example and proposed to establish new communication channels so that the frequency of the diseases can be mapped. Diseases transmissible to humans for the purpose of taking preventive and treatment measures. The need to involve veterinarians in environmental health to work with an interdisciplinary vision on zoonoses such as Nile fever was also highlighted.

And in order to improve coordination between departments and the integration and unification of control services – which has also been entrusted to the Minister of Agriculture – the creation of a Food Safety Authority was proposed.

Alarms and slaughterhouses

The CVCV also inquired about the status of the alarm decision, the special hours decision (pending for slaughterhouse staff) and the decision on the preparation of the preliminary draft for the integration of public health civil servants into the status of statutory staff.

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