Dr Nihat Pakdil, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey, informed the OIE that a joint real-scale simulation exercise on foot and mouth disease (FMD) will take place in the Province of Çanakkale and its villages from 28 March 2016 to 1 April 2016.
The overall aim of this exercise is to maintain the response skills of the Veterinary services of the Thrace region which is a FMD free zone where vaccination is practised. The simulation exercise will include table-top and field exercises.
The specific objectives are to:
- test the Foot and Mouth Contingency Plan and train staff on its implementation;
- test operational response arrangements;
- examine the liaison and interdependencies between the key operational partners.
World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)