Meghalaya: Meeting held to discuss preparedness and monitoring of Bird Flu in West Garo Hills



West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh convened a meeting with the District Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Officer, Tura, along with other line departments of the district to discuss the preparedness, monitoring and control of Avian Influenza(Bird Flu) in the district.

Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh said, “All precautionary measures need to be followed and have directed the concerned department to organise awareness programs to all stakeholders including traders and suppliers about the signs and symptoms of the disease along with the restriction on the import of poultry and eggs from outside the state.”

Meanwhile, the District Veterinary Officer, Tura J.K Marak, informed that as of now there are no such reported cases of death of birds in the district, however, he urged everyone especially poultry farmers to take precautionary measures and to alert authorities if they come across sudden mortality of poultry birds in their neighbourhood.

“Maintenance of strict hygiene by washing hands with soap repeatedly is advised if a person handles poultry and raw poultry meat and anyone consuming poultry meat and products should properly cook it, he said.

He also informed that the department has formed Rapid Response Teams (RRT) in the district to monitor and control in case of an outbreak and will conduct awareness programs at market places and other locations for the benefit of the public.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)


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