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Centre reviews bird flu situation in Maharashtra

All possible assistance to combat the situation will be provided, the Animal Husbandry Secretary said.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 16:51 IST

The Centre on Sunday reviewed situation arising out of bird-flu in the two districts of Maharashtra.

At the same time, the Centre assured the state government of all possible assistance to combat the situation.

Animal Husbandry Secretary PMA Hakeem took stock of the situation in Mumabi during a high-level meeting where he was was briefed about the ground situation by the principal secretaries of animal husbandry departements of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

The secretary asked state departments to intensify the surveillance efforts and send samples to the central testing laboratory at Bhopal as soon as any the sample gets collected, Joint Secretary (Animal Husbandry) Upma Chawdhry said.

Hakeem stressed on higher degree of coordination between animal husbandry and health departments, Chawdhry said.

He further added the states were assured that the Centre would also arrange for airlifting of the affected samples to the testing laboratory, if the situation so demands.

Hakeem also emphasised on early detection of bird flu case along with immediate sample collection and subsequent early despatch of the samples to the testing laboratory at Bhopal.

The secretary also took note of the culling operations that are going in the two affected districts in Maharashtra.

Two ministers in charge of animal husbandry and transport from Gujarat also visited Nandurbar district in adjoining Maharashtra to oversee the culling operations.

Moreover, public representatives in the affected areas are also working closely with local administrations to ensure smooth culling operations.

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 15:06 IST