PM approves US$25 million for flu prevention

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved of an increase of US$25 million funding for the project "Prevention of avian flu, human flu and pandemic prevention in Vietnam" (VAHIP).

The increased fund resources will come from the International Development Association (IDA) of World Bank (WB) of US$10 million, a non-refundable Trust Fund for Avian Influenza Prevention and Human Influenza (AHIF) of US$13 million and a corresponding capital of US$2 million.

The Prime Minister requested that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Health must discuss with relevant agencies to use the World Bank loan efficiently, ensuring that the protection project was implemented according to schedule and achieved the set objectives.

The two ministries were also ordered to strictly control the disease in cattle, poultry and humans by timely action because of the threat of an increasing number of people being affected with flu H5N1.

The project will be extended to the period 2011 to 2013. It will be carried out in 11 cities and provinces including Hanoi, the northern provinces of Lang Son, Thai Binh and  Thanh Hoa, the central provinces of  Ha Tinh, Thua Thien Hue and Binh Dinh, the southern provinces of Tay Ninh, Long An, Tien Giang and Dong Thap.

By P. Thao - Translated by Thanh Tam

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