The Wa Municipal Returning Officer of the Veterinary Service Directorate, Dr Kwesi Ohemey has said, the service is capable of harnessing huge revenue for central government but due to luck of personnel, revenue mobilization is very low.
“The Wa Municipal is very vast with all kinds of livestock (cattle, sheep, Goats and Poultry) farmers which need the attention of a veterinarian meanwhile we are deficient in staff and due to that revenue mobilization is very poor. We need veterinary officers but since 2012 up to date government has not posted any technical officer to the Veterinary Service Directorate but I aware, government can employ them either directly or indirectly” Dr Ohemey said.
The municipal returning officers added that, they are only six Veterinary officers in the municipality and only two veterinary surgeons in the whole of the region, this makes their work cumbersome. If you go to some of the Districts they are only two or three technical officers making their work less effective. According to Dr Ohemey, the resources available to them is woefully insufficient. Imagine an officer base in the District Capital of the Daffiama Bussia Issa (DBI) District, how can he/she move to Bussia or Issa if there is an incident that needs his/her attention. From January to May, 2018 I have not received a liter of fuel. He added.
Dr Ohemey further disclosed that, the clinic electricity runs on his personal pocket,because the electricity to the vertinary clinic was disconnected and he has to pay to get the electricity back for clinical activities to go on.
The first Veterinarian (Captain Beal) to arrive in the Gold Coast was posted in May 1909 at the request of the Colonial Government. The Veterinary Services was then a Unit of the Medical Department until 1920 when it was established as a Department with headquarters in Pong-Tamale. When the headquarters was established in Pong-Tamale two sections were created in 1931; the Veterinary Section which was responsible for disease control and the Livestock Section which dealt with improvement of indigenous livestock breeds.
The vision of the Veterinary Services Directorate is to create an animal health system which provides quality animal health services to enhance livestock production and productivity.
The Mission of the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is to ensure a stable animal health situation through the provision of quality animal health care services by both public and private sector veterinary practitioners to enhance livestock, poultry and companion animals’ production and productivity.
To accomplish its mission the Veterinary Services Directorate pursues the following objectives:
Provide animal health services for the national livestock in order to further the expansion of the livestock and poultry industries in the country.
Protect public health by controlling animal diseases communicable to human beings.
To alleviate suffering among animals.
Protect the health and safety of pet and zoological animals.
FUNCTIONS OF VETERINARY DIRECTORATE
To assist in the formulation of sound animal health policies that will provide congenial animal healthenvironment for increase livestock production
To provide an efficient and reliable animal health technical service
To ensure the timely availability of reliable and relevant data on animal health information for efficient management decision
To strengthen institutional capacity for improved animal health management and services delivery.
To improve farmer and public knowledge of animal disease and encourage their participation in animal disease prevention and control activities.
To establish, strengthen and maintain linkages within the sector and other relevant institution
To ensure protection of public health through controlling diseases communicable from animals to human beings.
To ensure that meat and other products of animal origin are safe for human consumption
VSD helps to regulate imports of meat and animal products by ensuring that such products come from countries certified by the OIE to be disease-free.
Control of movement of animals by ensuring that only healthy animals are permitted to be moved from one area to another to prevent disease transfer.
To ensure that all animal coming into the country are quarantined and only those found healthy are allowed passage into the country.
To alleviate the suffering of animals through timely veterinary intervention and educating the populace on animal welfare issues.