We will contain spread of bird flu: Shivraj Patil
A committee comprising the Cabinet Secretary and other Union secretaries is monitoring the situation in Maharashtra.india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 14:57 IST
The Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Sunday said a committee comprising the Cabinet Secretary and other Union secretaries is constantly monitoring the situation in Maharashtra.
Assuring that the outbreak of bird flu in the country will be successfully contained, Patil said the National Disaster Management Authority has been swung into action.
"We had a committee during tsunami. A similar committee has been formed comprising the Cabinet secretary and other secretaries and they are working," he said.
"I am confident we will succeed in containing the situation," the minister told reporters on the sidelines of a function at his official residence.
"I called a meeting of the National Disaster Management authority and we had initiated steps (to control the situation).
He said the Maharashtra Government and the Centre decided to remove the birds from within the radius of three kilometres and all birds within the radius of 10kilometres will be vaccinated.
Assuring that there will be no shortage of medicine, he said the Centre has gathered details about availability of medicines in Delhi, Mumbai and other places and the Animal Husbandry.
The health department was asked to take steps so that adequate medicines are available.
First Published: Feb 19, 2006 14:46 IST