Action plan in place
EVEN THOUGH the state government is awaiting the report on the cause of death of chickens and migratory birds, both Animal Husbandry (AH) and Health departments have chalked out an action plan to check the possible outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) and provide the flu-infected people with proper treatment.india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 01:40 IST
EVEN THOUGH the state government is awaiting the report on the cause of death of chickens and migratory birds, both Animal Husbandry (AH) and Health departments have chalked out an action plan to check the possible outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) and provide the flu-infected people with proper treatment.
As the report on the samples of the dead chickens and migratory birds collected at Etawah, Okhla and Barabanki is awaited from the Animal Disease Laboratory (Bhopal), the AHD officials are keeping mum on the issue. However, director (AH) Dr BP Singh said some disease, other than flu, caused the death of chickens in Etawah. Singh inspected the farm on Monday and submitted a report to the state government.
He further said the chickens kept in unhygienic condition were weak as they were not fed regularly. Blaming the farm owner for the deaths of the chicken, he said poor poultry management was the cause of the death of the chickens.
Singh said though the migratory birds started returning to their native land, still forest department officials were directed to keep vigil on 12 bird sanctuaries and ponds where the migratory birds take refuge.
The bird sanctuaries identified by the State Government are: Bakhira (Basti), Lakh Bahari (Farrukhabad), Nawabganj (Unnao), Okhla (Ghaziabad), Parwatiarga (Gonda), Patyali (Etah), Samai (Mainpuri), Samaspur (Rae Bareli), Sandi (Hardoi), Surahtal (Ballia), Sursarovar (Agra) and Vijay Sagar (Hamirpur). Majority of the big poultry farms are located in 32 districts and officials in these districts were directed to keep watch on the poultry stock, Singh said.
The task force formed by principal secretary (Medical Health) Neeta Chaudhary will comprise DG (Medical Health) Dr B Nath, DG Medical Education Dr Kamal Sahani, Director (Animal Husbandry) Dr BP Singh, Director (Communicable Diseases) Dr OP Pathak, Director Balrampur Hospital Dr SS Srivasatava, Director Medical Care Dr MP Bansal, (Additional Director Malaria) Dr JS Chawla and Specialist doctor in Communicable Disease Dr AK Mishra.
The task force members who would coordinate with the respective departments would also take measures to check the possible outbreak of Bird Flu, the officials
The Hand Health Department has also constituted a rapid response team in each district. Chief Medical Officers were directed to create an isolation ward in each hospital for admission of the patients infected with Bird Flu. Beds have been reserved in all six medical colleges too.
Director (Communicable Diseases) Dr OP Pathak said Medical Colleges were directed to form mobile teams that would be equipped with ambulance, ventilators and required drugs to save the life of the patients.
A training programme for the government doctors is being organized in the city to sensitize the doctors deputed in the districts.
The doctors are being trained about sample collection, personal protection and treatment of the patients, he said.