Nepal`s eleven districts at bird flu risk

Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 13:46

Kathmandu: Eleven districts of Central Development Region in Nepal are at high risk of bird flu, the officials here said.
According to the Regional Livestock Services Directorate,
Makwanpur, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara,
Parsa, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts in
the central region are at high risk of avian influenza.

People working in the bird flu risk reduction sector have
also called for institution of the quarantine police for
controlling the disease.

They have pointed to the shortage of human resources for
conducting checks and monitoring at areas facing the risk of
spread of bird flu.

Chief of the Animal Quarantine Office, Kathmandu Dr
Bharat Bahadur Khadka said there is a dearth of human
resources to carry out checks and monitoring in the high-risk
areas.

He said there are 25 quarantine check posts throughout
the country and stressed the need for increasing the number
for effectively controlling the bird flu.

Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok, Kavre and Sindhuli
districts have been kept under the mild-risk districts and
Dolakha, Rasuwa and Ramechhap have been kept under the
low-risk category districts and bird flu prevention campaign
has been undertaken in these districts according to the degree
of risk, the Office said.

Nepal has banned import of poultry products from India
and China as preventive measures against bird flu.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 13:46

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