Panaji: With COVID-19 still casting a shadow over the world, India has called for stronger surveillance of animal-linked diseases. Union minister for fisheries, animal husbandry, and dairy, Parshottam Rupala on Thursday said that better monitoring and faster response to zoonotic diseases can help prevent global health emergencies from disrupting the world.
On climate change challenges, Rupala said that animal health and environmental protection are interlinked with human health.
“Strengthening animal health and implementing a ‘One Health’ approach can help prevent and control zoonotic diseases, which have A significant impact on animal welfare, economic productivity, and human health,” the Union minister said at the side-event of the ongoing G20 deliberations on health.
The meeting was organised by the Asian Development Bank and the Union ministry of health and family welfare with the aim of aligning the health sector’s development with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Amitabh Kant, India’s G20 Sherpa said that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how healthcare and climate change are interlinked. He said that the regions of Latin America, Africa and Asia are more vulnerable due to a burden of communicable diseases and resource constraints.
Union secretary with the ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy Rajesh Singh spoke about India’s animal pandemic preparedness initiative which keeps a watch on zoonotic diseases.
Additional secretary with the health ministry Lav Agarwal called for coordinated efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and holistically address the linkages between climate change and health.
Ramesh Subramaniam the director general of Asian Development Bank’s Southeast Asia department spoke about the need to prioritise the health sector. He said that the health sector can bring solutions to meet both global health and climate goals simultaneously, and that institutions like the Asian Development Bank look forward to working with G20 countries to support such an endeavour.
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