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Presidency responds to concerns of vet doctors

BY BENJAMIN TANDOH

AFTER SERIES of publications by the DAILY HERITAGE, the Presidency, through the Office of the Chief of Staff, has assured members of the Association of Junior Veterinary Surgeons of the government’s commitment to ensure that their challenges are resolved.

A statement signed by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Samuel Jinapor, stated that, “I am pleased to inform you that the appropriate steps are underway to evaluate the merits or otherwise of your petition.

“The Office of the Hon. Chief of Staff acknowledges receipt of your petition with respect to the above subject matter. I have been directed to review and advise this office on same,” the statement sighted by the DAILY HERITAGE read.

The president of the association, Dr Akwasi Agyei Sarfo, expressed gratitude to the government for the “quick response.”

“The government has showed that they have the welfare of the country at heart and we’re grateful for that. We gave them 31 days but they have replied before that. We hope they resolve things soon,” he said.

He continued that, “we hope the Chief of Staff tasked to look in the merit of the petition will do a diligent job.”

Background

It would be recalled that the DAILY HERITAGE,  in its edition of Wednesday, February 21, 2018, carried a story headlined ‘Vet Doctors Abandoned; Some Are Dying From Strange Diseases, No Housemanship, No Jobs’ in which the Association of Junior Veterinary Surgeons, Ghanaians expressed their displeasure about the lack of employment opportunities from the government.

In view of their difficulties, the association issued a 31-day ultimatum to the government to resolve issues surrounding their employment and housemanship.

A further publication by the paper in its Thursday, February 22, 2018, headlined, No Vet Doctor At Country’s Major Borders; Veterinary Association Laments, Warns Of Influx Of Diseased Animals’ revealed that the country lacked veterinary officers at some of her borders.

Reacting to the concerns of the junior veterinary surgeons, Mr Bagara Tanko, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, pledged the government’s support to improve veterinary service nationwide.

Mr Tanko told the paper that, “we agree that there are some challenges with the profession in the country, but the government is doing everything possible to help them.

“We will not sit down unconcerned about the situation of the veterinary service in the country. We’re putting measures in place to improve it,” he said.

Mr Tanko explained to the paper that the Ministry was aware of the lack of veterinary officers to handle animals in the country.

He said the Ministry was waiting for clearance from the Ministry of Finance to recruit more personnel, adding that, they were putting in much effort to find a solution to the problem.

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