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Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Animal Health announced that the Vietnam Animal Health Information System has opened online, during a press conference in Hanoi on August 28.

The system received financial support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and technical support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), aiming to simplify procedures and apply information technology to animal disease reporting to meet the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) standards.

VAHIS is an online system that connects computers, can promptly transmit data to animal health agencies from central to provincial levels, and collect data on animal diseases as requested by concerned Vietnamese agencies and the OIE.

It will also monitor and offer early warnings on animal epidemics based on monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said VAHIS will help the animal health sector actively build plans to monitor epidemics and build safety zones against diseases in localities, ensuring safety for farmers and communities.

At the provincial level, the system will help authorities prevent the spread of epidemics; mitigate damage in animal husbandry and human health, especially in animal-to-human diseases; and secure the export quality of Vietnamese animal products.

Interim FAO representative in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra said VAHIS will effectively connect data from farms, villages, communes, districts, provinces, regional animal health agencies and related parties, helping the ministry with its decision-making process. –VNA