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Gov't measures help nation bring bird flu under control

Update: December, 20/2005 - 00:00

Gov’t measures help nation bring bird flu under control


HA NOI — Viet Nam has made good progress in controlling bird flu and Type A (H5N1) virus, said Dr Nguyen Van Binh, deputy chairman of the Preventive Health Department in Ha Noi yesterday.

He was speaking at a meeting with ambassadors and chief representatives of international organisations in Ha Noi’ held by the foreign, health, agriculture and rural development ministries.

Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bui Ba Bong said since bird flu appeared in Viet Nam in 2003, the country had culled millions of poultry, and the Government, relevant ministries and offices had made all out efforts to control and prevent the epidemic from spreading.

Flu reviewed

Care International’s avian-flu prevention project in southern Binh Dinh and Long An provinces was reviewed at a seminar in Ha Noi yesterday.
Attended by government, private enterprise, non-government organisation and provincial representatives, the seminar was used to exchange information about preventing and controlling the virus.
The project, "Stop-Avian Influenza", is funded by New Zealand Aid. It started in May and is expected to finish next month.
Its purpose is to promote safe household and small-scale poultry farming, biosafety and hygiene in handling birds.
The project is also intended to strengthen the capacity of, and co-operation between, district and commune public and animal health workers in responding to the virus. — VNS

The country has not reported any new epidemic areas, and 67 million poultry in 14 cities and provinces have been vaccinated twice and 29 localities vaccinated their poultry once.

While bird flu and Type A virus have kept on rising in the world, Viet Nam has not reported a new case since November 1. Though the situation was complicated in the first six months of 2005, the country has reported only two cases, including one death, since October, according to the deputy minister.

Test results from the first Type A infected case have shown that 97 per cent of the patients caught the flu from touching or eating infected birds and there were still no evidence of human to human transfer.

To control the epidemic, Viet Nam set up a national steering committee which monitored control and prevention activities, decisively and synchronously, from cities to localities, he said.

Representatives from the three ministries also answered questions from participants about the epidemic in Viet Nam and said the country was a safe destination for visitors as well as for trade and diplomatic activities. —VNS




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