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
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
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.
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
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,
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