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Union Minister Parushottam Rupala launches Animal Pandemic Preparedness Initiative

Published on April 17, 2023
Current Context: On 14th April 2023, Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying launched two important initiatives – Animal Pandemic Preparedness Initiative (APPI) and Animal Health System Support for One Health (AHSSOH) project.
Union Minister Parushottam Rupala launches Animal Pandemic Preparedness Initiative
  • Under the National One Health Mission of India, the launch of the project will be held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi and will be financed by the World Bank.
  • The main goal of this initiative is to bolster India's ability to prepare for and respond to pandemics in animals, with a specific emphasis on zoonotic diseases that pose a risk to both human and animal health.
  • This will be accomplished by improving veterinary services and infrastructure, enhancing disease surveillance capabilities, implementing early detection and response measures, building the capacity of animal health professionals, and raising awareness among farmers through community outreach programs.
  • The initiative will be launched under the National One Health Mission of India and will be funded by the World Bank.
  • The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has collaborated with the World Bank for a project named "Animal Health Systems Support for One Health" (AHSSOH).
  • This project is aimed at covering 151 districts in five states, upgrading 75 district/regional laboratories, and strengthening 300 veterinary hospitals/dispensaries.
  • The project also plans to provide training to 9,000 para-veterinarians/diagnostic professionals and 5,500 veterinary professionals.

Questions:

Q.1 Recently which initiative has been started by the Union Minister Mr. Parushottam Rupala to save the animals from the pandemic?
a. Animal Pandemic Preparedness Initiative
b. Animal Health System Support for One Health
c. Both a and b
d. None of the above

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