Ministry of Climate Change and Environment provides necessary supplies, diagnostic tools and expert team to examine animals
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has released a comprehensive plan for Eid al-Adha. This includes providing all necessities, diagnostic tools and teams of experts to check animals for sacrifice to ensure they are healthy and disease free. In addition, the ministry will abide by all protocols and rules regarding the issuance of licenses for the import of animals and sacrifices through the various points of entry into the country.
Teams in the Ministry’s Food Diversity and Regional Unit work to ensure that all standards and procedures for importing animals and sacrifices through the country’s ports are followed. This includes ensuring that the animals are completely disease-free, in line with an ongoing coordination mechanism that operates throughout the year, especially during Eid al-Adha.
The ministry announced that from the beginning of 2023 to mid-June, they had received and approved the entry of 366,035 animals, including sheep, goats, cattle and camels, through various border crossings in the state. The approval is obtained after the animals have undergone the necessary veterinary quarantine procedures as well as clinical and laboratory examinations to ensure that they are healthy and free from any contagious, epidemic or zoonotic diseases. This figure represents a 12 percent increase from the 326,913 animals in the same period last year.
The Ministry has arranged for all necessary supplies, technical and diagnostic resources and professionals to inspect incoming consignments to ensure the health and disease-free condition of the animals.Recognizing that the state’s ports are the primary line of defense against epidemic, infectious and zoonotic diseases, the Department’s actions are consistent with its commitment to promoting food trade, diversifying
imports – an important component of national food security – and meet local market demand for livestock.
Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Undersecretary for Food Diversity at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, emphasized the ministry’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the national veterinary quarantine system. By implementing strict supervision and inspection procedures, strengthening the management of veterinary quarantine procedures, safeguarding public health and animal resources. This is achieved by complying with the laws and regulations that oversee the trade in live animals and ensuring that there are no obstacles preventing live livestock shipments from entering the country’s ports.
“Through preventive measures, the Ministry of Health regularly tracks the development of the epidemiological health situation in countries around the world through its integrated digital system for epidemiological surveillance. It also takes preventive measures to ban the import of live animals and their products,” said Alameri from the affected countries. Products, imports are allowed only if the absence of infectious diseases and epidemics is declared. “
He added: “The ministry seeks to initiate a set of health protocols to open up new, safe, high-quality sources of imports, thereby diversifying import sources and improving food security rates. This is done by assessing the Health standards.” “National and veterinary quarantine procedures are mandatory before exports to the country are allowed. Major exporters previously approved are supplying live animals to the country to prevent live animals during the holy festival of Eid al-Adha. shortage of animals.”
Shaikha Ahmed Al Ali, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Regions at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, affirmed the Ministry’s important role in working with partners such as the Port Authority, Customs and various regulatory agencies. This collaboration helps importers of live animals and their products, ensuring fast delivery of services, especially during Eid al-Adha.
She said: “The Ministry attaches great importance to importers and is constantly striving to develop all service delivery channels. It has provided import services in the form of digital services automatically issued by the system in no more than five minutes without human intervention. Establish a mechanism, analyze Import data on service needs and proactively respond according to a flexible operating system that meets the needs of veterinary quarantine centers, such as extending working hours, strengthening the work of quarantine veterinarians and laboratory technicians, providing laboratory inspections, all in order to deliver in the shortest possible time Completing the service within time, maintaining the highest quality standards and accommodating any anticipated increase in shipment volume to ensure a smooth service to importers and improve their service quality. Satisfaction.”