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Pradhan: Bird flu sample quality vital

india Updated: Feb 15, 2007 01:54 IST
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THE PROCESS of collection of bird flu sample should be of high quality, as also the size of sample should be good, joint director in charge of the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) Dr H K Pradhan said here on Tuesday.

He was speaking as the special guest at the inaugural function of the three-day training workshop on bird flu prevention and management. Principal secretary Ranjana Choudhary inaugurated the workshop organised by the State Animal Husbandry Department.

Commissioner of animal husbandry Shikha Dubey presided. About 100 officers of forest, fisheries, irrigation and veterinary departments are participating in the workshop.

Dr Pradhan emphasised on bio-safety and bio-security and mentioned that last year 26 countries were affected by the disease while in 2007 by now 11 countries including neighbouring Pakistan have been affected. He mentioned that the HSADL is a very high standard laboratory equipped with latest diagnostic techniques and facilities.

Ranjana Choudhary appreciated the contribution of Dr Pradhan in control of bird flu in MP last year. She said that the training was very important, as it would increase the competence of the officials. Shikha Dubey urged the officials in training to pass on maximum information to poultry farmers.

Dr R J Talele of Pune spoke about general aspects of bird flu. Dr S K Shrivastava spoke of Zero Surveillance programme of the State Government while Dr Tapase talked on sample collection, preservation and distribution. Dr P K Gulvelkar of Pune spoke on modern methods of controlling the bird flu menace and the bio-security measures.