Centre will share contingency plan for bird flu with provinces

ISLAMABAD    -    The Federal government will soon finalise a con­tingency plan for bird flu and to share it with the provinces for the implementation soon.

This was discussed in a meeting held at the Min­istry of National Food and Security and Research to review the situation of bird flu disease in the country. Secretary National Food Security and Re­search Zafar Hassan directed the provincial rep­resentatives to increase the surveillance activi­ties in their respective provinces/areas and send samples to the National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases (NRLPD).

He also directed the Animal Husbandry Com­missioner to seek input from the provinces on the Contingency Plan for Bird Flu. The Federal Govern­ment will finalize the Contingency Plan and share it with the provinces for implementation soon.

While briefing on the current situation of Bird Flu disease, Animal Husbandry Commissioner Muhammad Akram said that the disease is not yet reported from any part of the country. However, vaccination of Bird Flu is being carried out as a preventive measure, he added.

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