|Authorities of central Thừa Thiên-Huế Province inspect pork sold at Tây Lộc Market in Huế City. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has signed a decision to form a national steering committee for the prevention and control of African Swine Fever (ASF) by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường.
The committee is tasked with supporting the Government to direct and regulate the co-ordination to prevent and fight the disease spreading across the country.
It will help the Prime Minister connect with ministries, Government and Party agencies, the Việt Nam Fatherland Front and the community to mobilise resources to prevent and combat the epidemic, while supervising the plans.
Members of the committee, including representatives from various ministries, media agencies, the Việt Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, and a number of organisations, will be responsible for their tasks before the law and the head of the committee.
According to the Department of Animal Health, from February 1 to March 18, ASF was reported in 294 communes, 62 districts of 19 cities and provinces.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation says ASF does not transmit to and cause diseases to humans. It, however, kills domestic and wild pigs. It is a deadly pig disease that has been historically limited to Africa with a few historical outbreaks in Europe. — VNS