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DDC Rajouri discusses Bird Flu containment measures

RAJOURI, JANUARY 31: District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Rajesh K Shavan on Sunday convened a meeting with the officers of the Animal, Sheep and Poultry Department to review the measures for the containment of Bird Flu in the district.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Dr. Joginder Gupta; District Sheep Husbandry Officer, Dr Sarfraz Naseem Chowdhary; and Poultry Development Officer, Dr.Vinay Kumar.
The meeting was informed that the first suspected case of the Bird Flu was reported from Panjpeer area of the district on 07 January this year where as many as 25 crows were found dead.
The samples were lifted immediately and sent to the concerned authorities for future course of action.
The meeting was apprised that special teams have been deputed for monitoring and observation as well as implementation of guidelines and SOPs publicized by the Government.
The DDC asked the concerned officers to put in place coordinated efforts to counter the disease in the district and take all possible steps in this regard.
It was decided in the meeting that special Naka of the teams consisting of the field functionaries of the Animal, Sheep and Poultry Department, Forest and Police shall establish check points at the entry points of the district including Sunderbani and Bhamla and the expert doctors from the concerned department shall conduct a proper screening of the poultry birds in the vehicles carrying them. They will also ensure that the dead poultry birds found in the vehicle are buried immediately to avoid any risk of infection.
The DDC also emphasised on organising special training programmes for the field functionaries to make them aware about the disease and ways which can be adopted to contain the spread. He also asked the concerned authorities to generate massive awareness among the general public about the disease through print and electronic media.

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