EC Meeting of World Veterinary Poultry Association-Bangladesh Branch
On August 19 (Saturday), the first meeting of the newly formed Executive Committee of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) – Bangladesh Branch has been held at Bangladesh Agricultural University Guest House. The meeting was chaired by the president of WVPA-BB Prof. Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam, Dept. of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh.
Different issues related to poultry sector in Bangladesh and several aspects of WVPA-BB have been discussed in the meeting.
Reconstitution of WVPA-Bangladesh Branch
The Bangladesh branch of WVPA was formed in 2006. The branch was reconstituted and a new Executive Committee has been formed on 8th July 2017 in a general meeting of the Branch. Professor Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Islam of the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University has been re-elected as the President of the branch while Dr. Bishwajit Roy of Animal Health Division, Renata Limited has been elected as the Secretary.
Symposium on Avian Influenza Vaccination and Surveillance
12 May 2018, Dhaka Regency Hotel
The Bangladesh branch of WVPA organized a day-long symposium on “Avian Influenza Vaccination and Surveillance” on 12 May 2018 at Dhaka Regency Hotel. The objective of the symposium was to discuss the present status of avian influenza (AI) in Bangladesh with special focus on vaccination and
surveillance. Nearly 200 participants including WVPA members, other poultry vets working in the public and private sectors, academic institutions and research organizations, as well as representatives of poultry industry, policy makers and other stakeholders attended the symposium.
Following opening remarks by the President of Bangladesh branch Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Islam and the global Vice President Dr. Nicolas Eterradossi, the symposium started with an overview of the poultry industry in Bangladesh by Mr. Shamsul Arefin Khaled, a leading poultry entrepreneur and the President of World’s Poultry Science Association – Bangladesh branch. He also presented the views of the industry on AI situation in Bangladesh. Then Dr. Mohammed Giasuddin, Head of the National Reference Laboratory for AI briefed the audience on the present status of AI control in Bangladesh. After these introductory remarks Prof. Dr. Timm Harder of Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI), Germany and Dr. Nicolas Eterradossi of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France shared lobal and French experiences of AI surveillance and control, respectively. Dr. Eric Brum, Country Team Leader of ECTAD, FAO in Bangladesh explained the measures required for progressive control of AI in endemic situation. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Islam of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) presented an overview of genetic evolution of H5N1 and H9N2 AI viruses in Bangladesh. Prof. Dr. Abdur Rahman Omar of University Putra Malaysia presented a comparative analysis of protection by vaccination against Newcastle disease and AI. These deliberations were followed by a Q & A session facilitated by Prof. Dr. Emdadul Haque Chowdhury of BAU. In the concluding session a summary of the symposium outcome was presented by Dr. Giasuddin, on which valuable remarks were made by the invited guests including Mr. Arun Kumar Malakar, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Mr. Nathu Ram Sarker, Director-General of Bangladesh livestock Research Institute, a representative of the Director General of the Department of Livestock Services and Mr. Moshiur Rahman, President of the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council. The symposium was anchored by Dr. Bishwajit Roy, the General Secretary of WVPA – Bangladesh branch.
The speakers in the symposium opined that although stamping-out through mass culling and decontamination is still the preferred option for controlling AI, this may not be equally applicable in countries with dense human and poultry population, limited resources and inadequate veterinary infrastructure. In that case vaccination is a valid option. However, to achieve the desired impact of vaccination against H5N1 AI, the vaccination strategy including vaccine selection needs to be reviewed and updated from time to time and it should be complemented with routine seromonitoring and virus surveillance. Considering the huge economic consequences of widespread H9N2 low pathogenic AI in Bangladesh, vaccination against H9N2 also deserves active consideration. The symposium unequivocally emphasized on the need for strict biosecurity at the farms to prevent not only AI but other infectious diseases as well.