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Lower Life Standard, Villagers are more Vulnerable to Zoonosis

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Submit by denok on December 10, 2018 | Comment(s) : 0 | View : 591

Prof. Stanley G, Fenwick
Prof. Stanley G, Fenwick
Zoonosis management in Indonesia is considered to have been sufficient. The roles of national commission on zoonosis that have joined with international organization like FAO and WHO also contribute in zoonosis control. Such activities to carry out as workforce training, like capacity building of veterinary medicine graduates. For more than 15 years, FAO also participates in veterinary standard improvement in rural areas.

This is delivered by Prof. Stanley G. Fenwick, PhD, MSC, BVMS from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine TUFTS University the United States of America in a public lecture organized at Faculty of veterinary Medicine Brawijaya University on Monday (26/Nov/2018). He presented about One Health and Veterinary Profession: Issues and Challenges. The public lecture was a part of visiting professor activities as 3 in 1 program agenda at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Brawijaya University carried out for four days (26-30/Nov/2018). Prof. Stanley session was followed by 3rd semester students in pathology anatomy courses.

With lower life standard, diseases more attack villagers. Health education is one of the biggest challenges to deal with this. Fenwick considered that bottom up model is more appropriate with community involvement like zoonosis education at schools. According to him, zoonosis components are including people, animal and environment.

Avian influenza is the largest epidemic disease confronted by Indonesia. In addition, each region has different epidemic cases, like rabies in Bali and anthrax in Sumbawa. From Fenwick's observation in different countries, many direct and indirect factors influence zoonosis.

Such as Nipah virus found in Bangladesh with bats as the agent. Fenwick delivered that economic improvement through intensification (like a pig farm) and diversification (like oil palm plantation) have built new ecosystem. Bats are known highly settle in sugar palm tree thus named as Nipah Virus. Nipah-like virus also found in Philippines in which 14 people are found dead and 10-12 horses are died, in addition to dogs and cats. Identical virus named as Henipa virus also found in Australia and have killed hundreds of horses.

Along with other campuses in Indonesia, Brawijaya University especially Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are actively participate in Indohun to have capacity building like curriculum development and staff training. Indohun (Indonesia One Health University Network) is a part of SEAOHUN (South East Asia One health University Network).

Other presentations on the occasion were Zoonotic Disease in Asia: Past, Recent and Future, Methodology for Investigation and Control of Infectious Diseases as well as System Thinking for One Health Professionals.

In related to 3 in 1 which involves foreign professors, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Brawijaya University has partners of different countries like Dr. mark Duncan (Companion Animal Clinic, Chrischurch, New Zealand) in animal clinic, Prof. Stanley G. Fenwick (TUFTS University the United States of America) in pathology and Zoonosis, Prof. Shih-Chu Chen (National Pingtung University of Science and Technology Taiwan) in Fish Diseases, Dr. Ma Asuncion Beltren (Tarlac Agricultural University The Philippines) in Veterinary Public Health, Prof. Jong Mi Kim (Kangwon National University, South Korea) in English Linguistics and Prof. Sang Jip Ohh (Kangwon national University South Korea) in Animal Nutrition and health. [Denok/Humas UB/trans. Denok]



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