The acting secretary of the Panamanian Association of Veterinarians, Jose Torres, referring to the lack of professionals said that there are areas such as quarantine at airports and ports where there are only enough existing staff to cover one shift and not the three that are needed.
In the case of slaughterhouses, there is no assigned veterinarian.
Panamaamerica.com.pa, quoted Jose Torres who said, "There is no supply from the State, and those working at the ministries of Health (MOH) and Agricultural Development (MIDA) are the same 120 that were there 30 years ago."
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