Malawi Blog 20 januari 2016

Wednesday 20-01-2016


We started with a quick college about Trypanomiosis. This is spread by the Tetse flies, so only if these flies are around you have to worry for this. Helpless entered around 8 o’clock and gave a college about rabbits. It was very nice to see that the participants like him a lot. It is worth full to have help from somebody how knows the Malawian situation. He made a lot of jokes and made the material living for the participants with lots of examples. During the lesson, Helpless and the participants together have read the rabbit chapter in Helpless’ book.


Helpless told a bit more about rabbits. Especially about the management, housing and breeding. After this, he demonstrated two fixation methods for a cow. The participants had some more questions that he could answer.


Today no time for practical lessons, because we had to discuss some more theoretical information. In the meeting with the veterinary officer, we came to know that tick-born diseases are the most common diseases in this area, so this was an important subject to teach more about. We divided the group in 4 and every group had to make a presentation about all four tick-born diseases. We told them that the need to do it properly because there would be a question about this in the test.  We picked out randomly persons and subjects to present.


We ended the afternoon with a case: a goat that was limping with an itchy, rough skin and a swollen head. We did it the same as the other cases, so Eva was the owner and the participants asked the history to her. After this, the participants had to say what they wanted to know about general appearance and clinical examination and Eva told them the symptoms. Because the animal had two problems this time, this case was a bit more complicated.  Denis was thinking about foot and mouth disease which was very smart! But because in this case, the disease was not spreading fast they had to think further. For the hooves, it was quite clear that it was footrot because the hoofs were smelly and wet.  We discussed the therapy and prevention. There was no time left to discuss the skin problem so we decided to pass this to the next day.