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FAO conducts awareness workshop for veterinarians on FMD in Ninawa Governorate

03 February 2023

2 February 2023 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), conducted a workshop in Ninawa Governorate to support and renew the capacity of veterinarians to identify, early diagnose, timely report the disease events to the veterinary hospital, manage the risks of this disease and monitor it, as well as the prevention and control strategy for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in this province.

The opening session was attended by the FAO Representative in Iraq, the Technical Deputy of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Director of the Veterinary Hospital in Nineveh. Fifty specialists from veterinary dispensaries affiliated to the Nineveh Governorate veterinary hospital attended the workshop.

Dr. Salah El-Hajj Hassan, FAO Representative, said “this workshop is timely needed. It will scale up capacities to control diseases outbreaks, including FMD,  affecting the national economy and  breeders’ income .

The Technical Deputy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Mithaq Abdul-Hussein, highlighted the importance to enhance the scientific and technical capacities of veterinarians and farmers/breeders to control epidemic diseases affecting livestock and preventing their spread.

The Director of the Nineveh Veterinary Hospital confirmed ongoing control measures taken by the veterinary hospital and its affiliated veterinary clinics.

During the workshop, FAO technical team discussed with the participants theFMD transmission, epidemiology and pathogenesis, clinical signs and differential diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, symptomatic treatment and control measures.

Salah Elhajjhassan

Salah Elhajjhassan

Mr Hajj Hassan, a national of Lebanon, holds a Ph.D. in Plant Production from the University of Agriculture, Damascus, Syria; a Master of Science degree in Plant Production and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering, both from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
He started his career in 1984, as Senior Research Assistant in the Agricultural Research and Education Centre (AREC), American University of Beirut. From 1987 to 1991, he was Coordinator of the Student Training Programme, and also Agriculture and Horticultural Teacher for the Faculty of Agriculture, at the Lebanese University.
From 1991 to 1995, he worked as Agricultural Engineer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Bekaa Regional Office, Zahlah and was then assigned to the Agricultural Research Institute in the Tal Amara station, first as Head of the Crop Production Department and subsequently in charge of the Plant Protection Laboratory. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the Kfardane Research Station (Agricultural Research Institute). In 2008, he became Visiting Scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and Coordinator of a project with the International Centre for Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.
In 2010, he served as Advisor to the Minister for Agriculture of Lebanon. In 2011, he became President of the Pesticide Scientific Committee, Head of the Phytoplasma Committee and Director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (ARDP) (EU-funded project). From 2010 to 2013, he represented Lebanon in negotiations with EU, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. During his career, Mr Hajj Hassan also carried out a number of other functions. He represented the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) in several research programmes with the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the American University of Beirut. He was Coordinator of the Mashreq/Maghreb project with ICARDA, representing Lebanon in the Steering Committee, as well as being the Head of the Sugar-beet Delivery and of the Wheat Delivery Committees. For a number of years, Mr Hajj Hassan worked for the preparation of FAO TCP projects and served as the National Director of a TCP project. He joined FAO in January 2014 as FAO Representative in Yemen. Mr Hajj Hassan succeeds Mr El Zubi as FAO Representative in Iraq.

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