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UP ready to meet any eventuality

THE government is ready to meet any eventuality in case the bird flu outbreaks in the state. This was stated by chief secretary R Ramani here on Monday. ?As no case of bird flu has been reported in the state, there is no need to be panicky. The state government is ready to meet any eventuality,? he said.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 01:39 IST

THE government is ready to meet any eventuality in case the bird flu outbreaks in the state. This was stated by chief secretary R Ramani here on Monday.

“As no case of bird flu has been reported in the state, there is no need to be panicky. The state government is ready to meet any eventuality,” he said.

“Though the deaths of chickens have been reported from Etawah and Kanpur, post-mortem examination report ruled out bird flu being the cause of the deaths.

No trace of avian influenza was found among the migratory birds that were found dead at Mahoba,” Ramani said.

Addressing the members of the state task force, including the officers of Animal Husbandry, Forest, Medical Health and Environment Departments, Ramani said to check the outbreak of the disease, a task force was constituted at the state and district-level. Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) would review the working of the task force daily, he said.

Ramani directed the officers to take effective measures to check the outbreak of the disease. The members of the state, division and district task force were directed to attend the meeting regularly and fix the responsibility of each officer, he said.

Ramani said that negligence in duty would not be tolerated. An awareness programme should be organised to educate the people about bird flu and the measures to be taken to deal with any emergency situation, he said.

The officers of Medical Health Department were directed to constitute a team of doctors in Balrampur Hospital, Lucknow and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Varanasi to provide treatment to any patients in case they are afflicted with bird flu.

Separate teams should be constituted for each district so that they could be despatched to the allotted district immediately if bird flu was reported, he said.

Ramani said a meeting of the officers of Medical Health, Forest, Animal Husbandry and Environment would be held daily under the chairmanship of APC to review the situation. State Government has written to the Central Government to supply vaccines, he said. Secretary Animal Husbandry SS Yadav said the DMs were directed to order for the slaughter of the poultry stock within three-kilometer radius if deaths of chicken were reported due to bird flu.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 01:39 IST