A one day seminar on “Brucellosis and its zoonotic significance” was organized on 19th March, 2015 at Bhuj, Kutch district, Gujarat under the aegis of the Pilot Project on Brucellosis Control being implemented in Kutch district by Kutch Navnirman Abhiyan with the technical and financial support of NDDB. The Animal Health Group, NDDB, Anand has been involved in the project since 2013.
Dr. B. G. Mantur, Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences was the expert speaker for the seminar. He is a pioneer on human brucellosis in India with more than 30 years of experience. He discussed in detail the clinical manifestations in humans, diagnostic challenges, laboratory techniques for diagnosis and, its treatment protocols among various other things.
The District Panchayat President, President of the Indian Medical Association, District Medical Officer, District Animal Husbandry Officer, Deputy Director, Animal Disease Investigation Office, Ahmedabad participated in the seminar. A total 49 medical doctors and 51 veterinarians and para veterinarians took part in the seminar and discussions.
The main focus of the seminar was to create an awareness on the zoonotic significance of brucellosis especially among the doctors operating in the project area and also to give a fillip to a holistic approach towards control of brucellosis by bringing together all the stakeholders, namely doctors, veterinarians, paravets, policy makers etc by emphasizing the need to work together to control the problem of brucellosis, both in humans and animals.