Nowadays, SIVET carries out a field data collection which is send to the Department of Epidemiology where it is processed and generates a data base through the Epidemiology Information System (SIE, acronym in Spanish). This tool generates statistical reports, checking that it complies with the coverage parameters of visits to farms and promoting the collection of myiasis samples for its appropriate identification.

The parameters to visit the farms vary in accordance to a previously established classification. Thus, there are Sentinel Farms of high risk, inside of each epidemiological zone which have been divided from 1 to 5.

 


PURPOSE

In SIVET we strengthen the purpose of the Field Operation Directorate (DOC for its acronym in Spanish), to keep the epidemiological vigilance on the field to prevent the reinfestation of screwworm and the introduction of other transboundary diseases of common interest, according to the cooperative agreement between the Minister of Agricultural Development (MIDA) for Panama and USDA for The United States of America.

This is accomplished through compliance of the legal rules that regulates the mobilization of animals in the province of Darien to the rest of the Republic and vice versa; developing educative conscience programs directed to livestock producers, students in general, with emphasis in agricultural diploma and public in general.


OBJECTIVES

The main objective of SIVET is the prevention and/or premature detection of screwworm cases and other Transboundary Diseases in all the Republic of Panama, visiting the producers in coordination with the Epidemiology Department and working together, to emphasize the need to continue some basic rules of sanitary management of these animals so everyone can be in a controlled environment.

Since 1998 COPEG has worked with producers from all over the country, eradicating and preventing the screwworm and transboundary diseases.

As the quantity of people on the field is less than when the eradication phase, the visits are now less, depending on the area and the conditions. The visits can be monthly, every three months, every six months, and annually. This without leaving to provide the service for attention of disease reports when needed.

SIVET develops its works in the Permanent Biological Prevention Barrier (province of Darien) with 2 supervisors, 19 inspectors, 11 motorist and 6 persons in the administrative area.

In the Zone 3, Zone 4 and Zone 5, we have 2 supervisors, 8 inspectors and 3 motorists.

In the coordination office of Pacora the SIVET counts with 1 Manager, that also carries out functions as supervisor for zone 3, 1 Administrator and 1 Administrative Assistant.


SANITARY EDUCATION

The Sanitary Education Department counts with 3 units for disclosure at a nationwide level, where Training to Honorary Inspector, Fair Events, speeches to support groups and students on senior grades of agricultural studies are developed and carried out.

SIVET strengthens the figure of Honorary Inspector, through the annual training in each one of the zones (except zone 3) where this figure does not exist, through the introduction of new subjects that are fit to sanitary improvement and development of the livestock companies.

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Frequently the meetings are in the facilities of the Honorary Inspectors Training of Honorary Inspectors
Western Panama

The information provided by the Producers and Honorary Inspector, through the visits carried out to the Sentinel Farms, are of precious value for the quick detection and attention of outbreaks of transboundary disease, emphasizing in screwworm, as well as to increase the data base that provides us an idea of the amount of animals that let us calculate the necessary resources to control an outbreak.

Among the activities developed by SIVET, we can highlight the strategies for Sanitary Education, making emphasis in the attention on critical points detected in the different areas.


ANIMAL MOVEMENT CONTROL (CMA for its acronym in Spanish)

SIVET counts with four posts for Animal Movement Control, better known by its Spanish acronym as “CMA”:

  • Agua Fría: 10 inspectors, 2 administrative personnel.
  • Platanilla: 4 inspectors.
  • Palmas Bellas: 2 inspectors.
  • Capira: 4 inspectors

CMA is managed by a Chief (Veterinarian), where inspection, healing, sampling, retention of animals when necessary, are carried out in order to prevent the movement from Darien to the rest of the country or vice versa, of warm blood animals to the rest of the country, central region and north American region that may endanger or disseminate the screwworm or other transboundary diseases.

CMA – AGUA FRIA

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Corral located in Agua FrIa; which fulfills the specifications for the animal welfare.

CMA – PALMAS BELLAS

CMA of Palmas Bellas, is located in the Province of Darien and has two inspectors.

CMA – PLATANILLA

CMA of Platanilla, is also located in the Province of Darien, where two inspectors carry out the daily functions for this post that control the inspection of animals being moved on a daily basis.

CMA – CAPIRA

It is located in the township of Capira, Province of Western Panama. There are two employees. This post has as primary function to inspect, heal, take samples or hold if necessary the animals from the eastern area of the Province of Panama, Province of Colon; also take care of the animals being transported from the Province of Darien.

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Collaborator inspects and heals the animals that reach the corral of the CMA Post of Capira. Truck is prepared to disembark the animals

SIVET POST

SIVET counts with 17 coordination offices and 4 Animal Movement Control Post:

Zone 1: Yaviza, El Real, Boca de Cupe, Tucutí, Tupiza and Tuqueza

Zone 2: Santa Fe, Metetí, Chucunaque, Cucunatí, Setegantí, Sambú, Garachiné and Jaqué

Zone 3: Narganá, Tubualá and Puerto Obaldía

Zone 4, Zona 5: COPEG headquarters in Pacora

Control of Animal Mobilization: Agua Fría, Platanilla, Palmas Bellas in Dairén and Capira in the province of Western Panama.

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Yaviza Post

Santa Fe Post

Metetí Post