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Delhi civic agencies deploy teams to check bird flu

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
Oct 20, 2016 11:33 PM IST

The Delhi government’s teams deployed at the borders check 90 % of the poultry products, the rest 10% would be verified by the civic agencies.

The municipal corporations have has formed teams in each zone to check the poultry meat shops following cases of Avian Influenza (bird flu) in the city.

The Delhi Zoo is closed due to birds flu scare in New Delhi.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File)
The Delhi Zoo is closed due to birds flu scare in New Delhi.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File)

These teams will check for any symptoms of lesions of flu in live and slaughtered birds and submit the report to animal husbandry department of the Delhi government.

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The move came following a meeting of municipal officials with the animal husbandry department’s director on Wednesday.

In south Delhi, there are a total of 300 meat shops. “To check the spread of bird flu at these places we have formed teams in each of the four zones. They will do the daily monitoring and submit the report,” said south delhi municipal corporation (SDMC) commissioner Puneet Goel.

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According to an SDMC official, while the Delhi government’s teams deployed at the borders check 90 % of the poultry products, the rest 10% would be verified by the civic agencies.

“If the mortality of birds is found to be above normal at any shop then we will immediately report to the animal husbandry department. It will immediately send the team to collect the meat sample for test. In case it is found to be infected, action would be taken against the shop owner,” said a senior official from the North Corporation. It has a total of 1,200 meat shops in areas under its jurisdiction.

In east Delhi, there are 750 meat shops and for their inspection, civic agency has formed three teams — two at zonal levels (Shahdara north and Shahdara south) and one at the headquarters.

“Each team will be lead by the deputy director, veterinary department. Besides, there will be one veterinary inspector and three para-veterinary staff,” said a senior official from East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

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    Vibha Sharma covers municipal bodies in Delhi. A journalist for almost a decade, she has also worked for the hyper-local editions of Hindustan Times, covering civic concerns in south Delhi, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad.

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