Tough Measures Called for Bird Flu Outbreak

In response to the outbreak of bird flu in the Mekong Delta, and the high risk of it spreading to humans, Prime Minister Dung yesterday ratified a decree outlining the measures to be taken in order to deal with the potentially disastrous situation.

The decree requires officials at all levels of government to regard containment of the disease as their number one priority and emphasizes the importance of preventive measures previously laid out by the government on December 22.

The Prime Minister said that everyone must work together to educate the public on the potential consequences of a full scale epidemic. He added that, along with preventing the spread of the disease to new areas, a close eye should be kept on areas where previous outbreaks have occurred.
As well, vaccination programs should be enhanced to ensure all poultry have been safe-guarded against the disease.

The Ministry of Health was told to closely monitor developments elsewhere in the world in order to provide up-to-date information to local agencies and be better able to respond quickly to situations developing elsewhere that could have repercussions in Viet Nam. Ministry officials were also urged to begin stockpiling pharmaceutical supplies.

In the afternoon of January 16th, at the conference of preventing bird flu epidemic, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tai, vice standing president of People’s Committee in HCMC, emphasized that the contagion of bird flu epidemic was a very big concern and pressure to HCMC, thus, preventing methods should be carried on strictly, completely and simultaneously.

To do so, there needs to perform those methods urgently at every household and continue increasing propaganda activities. Related departments should cooperate to perform preventing methods well in case the epidemic breaks out.

By L.V and D.P – Translated by Khuong An

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