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Alert in Delhi, screening of poultry begins

With "high alert" being sounded in Delhi on Monday in view of the bird flu scare, the government drew an action plan.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 21:35 IST

With "high alert" being sounded in Delhi on Monday in view of the bird flu scare, the government drew an action plan.

The plan included deployment of 42 doctors to screen the poultry in the Capital even as chicken prices stabilised after an initial panic.

Considering reports of avian flu in other parts of the country, Delhi Cabinet at its meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, discussed steps to be taken.

It was decided that screening of poultry be intensified and surprise raids be conducted to prevent sale of unchecked chickens.

Besides deploying 42 doctors at wholesale Ghazipur Egg and Poultry Market and in the over 40 poultry farms situated to carry out screening of the birds, the government instructed that only those chickens certified as "ok" by these doctors should be sold in the Capital.

The samples will be checked at the laboratory of Maulana Azad Medical College and will also be sent to the regional disease diagnostic laboratory in Jalandhar.

"So far, in Delhi no case of bird flu has been reported and there is no need to panic. But we are alert to the situation and hospitals have been asked to be ready with medicines and other requirements," Dikshit told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Rajkumar Chauhan, who inspected the Ghazipur Market to check the precautionary measures being taken there, said a high alert had been sounded in Delhi and adequate preventive measures would be taken.

Meanwhile, after a dip created by panic the prices of chickens in the wholesale market stabilised today to Rs 35-Rs 37 as against Sunday's rate of Rs 28 per kg.