Orissa to Monitor Pig Health to Counter Flu Threat
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1 May 2009
The state government has also decided to develop training material and provide basic information on swine flu and how to prevent it
The Government of Orissa has asked its veterinary officials to monitor the health of pigs across the state and remain prepared to handle any untoward situation after swine flu outbreak was reported in many countries.
“We have asked veterinary officials to monitor the health of pigs,” state Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Department Director Bishnupada Sethi said.
Swine flu has killed 176 people in Mexico and spread to at least 10 other countries. No case of swine flu has been reported in India till now.
“Orissa has over half a million pigs. In the wake of swine flu outbreak in some parts of the world, there is a dire need for emergency preparedness by the veterinary workforce every where to handle any untoward incident as it is pandemic in nature,” he said.
The department has also decided to organise a state–level workshop on May 9 involving Orissa Veterinary College faculty, experts and district level veterinarians, reports IANS.
The government will develop training material and prepare leaflets and posters providing basic information on swine flu and how to prevent it, Sethi said.
He further informed that the district officials have been asked to undertake strict surveillance in their jurisdiction.
“They have been told to establish links with the pig owners and regularly interact with them to collect information,” he stated.
The information base on swine population and their owners will be prepared village–wise and kept at district offices. The movement of animals in the border areas will also be monitored, Sethi said.