16 Jul 2014 19:00pm
ONDANGWA, 16 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibias second fully-fledged veterinary laboratory and clinic will be constructed at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region.
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa performed the ground-breaking for the construction of the facility at Ondangwa on Wednesday.
The actual construction will commence in November this year, with completion slated for June 2016.
This clinic will serve farmers in the northern communal areas (NCAs) of Kunene North, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, a part of Oshikoto, Kavango West, Kavango East and Zambezi regions.
This is another milestone in our governments commitment to permanently and irreversibly change the animal health status of our livestock north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence, Mutorwa told those who attended the ground-breaking ceremony.
He pointed out that for a long time, all samples had to be tested at the central veterinary laboratory in Windhoek or had to be shipped to other countries in order to detect and respond to animal health calamities.
This, according to Mutorwa, took considerable time and effort, and also had the unfortunate effect that endangered the animal health status of the rest of the country and delayed critical decision-making capacity for veterinarians and technicians in the field.
The minister indicated that the Ondangwa Veterinary Laboratory will be dedicated to the detection and investigation of diseases in domestic, wild and aquatic animals in the country.
It is also expected to fill an important gap in the network of animal health laboratories in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The laboratory will have advanced capacity to undertake Serology, Biotechnology, Molecular diagnostic techniques, Microbiology, Virology and Pathological services, Mutorwa explained.
One of the architects of the project, Jack Allan Mutua of the Tectura Architects told Nampa on the sidelines of the event that the facility will be constructed in two phases.
The first phase will be the bulk earthwork to be done at a cost of N.dollars 2 million, while the second phase will be the actual construction at a cost of N.dollars 55 million.