The Ministry of Health has asked health officials in all the 64 provinces and cities in Viet Nam to be on duty round the clock in fighting against bird flu, which has just broken out again in Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces in the south.
Health officials are required to do this duty 24 hours at least until the Lunar New Year holidays, which falls on mid-February this year.
So far, mobile emergency teams have been set up in neighborhoods to cope with possible bird flu outbreaks.
Mr. Bui Quang Anh, director of the Department of Animal Health, said the national anti-bird flu committee would soon send inspectors to neighborhoods to check the situation. From January 1 to 15, they will check preventive activities, fowl farming, trading and transport as well as the result of bird vaccination.
A big concern now is how to raise public awareness of the danger of the disease and preventive measures. In Ho Chi Minh City for instance, living chickens and ducks are being sold with no safety certificates in many outlying areas.
At markets in inner-city districts, chicken and duck meat is displayed for sale in labeled packs with safety certificates.
Many people in the city are still not concerned about possible bird flu outbreaks. A major market in District 5 has recently seen sales increasing, especially in Christmas. The market’s management said chickens and ducks were not only Vietnamese fowls but also imports from Australia and the US.
Huynh Gia Huynh De, a company supplying safe fowl meat in Ho Chi Minh City, does not see any sale decrease in recent days, said company chairman Chau Nhat Trung.
Government Calls for Fight Against Bird Flu