June 15, 2017
United States Ambassador John Hoover, on 8 June,2017 joined the Minister of Agriculture Forestry, and Food Security (MAFFS) Dr. Monty Jones for a ground-breaking ceremony to refurbish the Teko Central Veterinary Laboratory in Makeni.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with MAFFS is supporting the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to renovate the laboratory, train technicians and create plans for sustainable operations.
Ambassador Hoover stated, “As the Government of Sierra Leone’s only diagnostic veterinary laboratory, the Teko Central Veterinary Laboratory is essential to the establishment and strengthening of the animal health sector”.
Renovation of the Teko Laboratory will continue over the next four months and the lab is expected to open in October 2017.
Once complete, the refurbished laboratory will be the first point of contact for samples collected for investigating diseases such as rabies, avian influenza and anthrax and other priority zoonotic diseases that have potential to cause human illness and inflict great economic impact through the loss of livestock.