Wednesday, February 21, 2024

M’laya begins mopping operation

Authorities in Meghalaya Monday started mopping and sanitization operation after culling more than 1000 birds in six villages bordering the bird-flu hit state of Assam.
“We have started our mopping and sanitization operation to prevent the spread of avian influenza,” Meghalaya Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department (AH&VD), Director, Dr D Khonglah said.
Nearly 1200 domesticated fowls has been killed in Khanapara (A), Khanapara (B), Upper Gholi, Eight Mile, Patharkuchi and Maikhuli villages under Ri-Bhoi district, which falls within the three-kilometer radius of Khanapara farm in Assam where cases of bird flu have been detected.
Health workers in protective gear conducted the mop up operations, with Health officials checking people in the same area for symptoms of H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Dr Khonglah said that the government has also started collecting blood samples from domestic fowls from other districts of the state to check any signs of H5N1 virus. Though there are no signs of any diseases in the area, he asserted.
”More RRTs have been deployed to Assam-Meghalaya border, especially those bordering Assam’s Kamrup district. Around 70 veterinary officials and field staff have been sent to Ri-Bhoi district,” Dr Khonglah added.
Meghalaya had already imposed section 144 CrPC to prevent import of chicken and poultry products from Assam and Bangladesh which has also reported bird flu cases in state’s bordering areas.
He, however, said that that the ban does not imply to the sale of poultry and poultry products within the state.
Meghalaya Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr KH Lakiang said that his department was ready for complementing the AH&VD in the culling operation.
He said all the medicines and manpower were ready to facilitate the culling operation to be carried out by the AH&VD.

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