In order to check the spread of H5N1 virus, the Haryana health department will be taking certain measures including increasing checks and creating awareness.
The civil surgeon, Panchkula, has been directed to get surveillance done of areas of Panchkula which are 3 kms of Sukhna Lake. Any patient with bird flu symptoms would be isolated and investigated for suspected bird flu. Isolation facility has been made available at the General Hospital (GH), Panchkula, for quarantine of suspected bird flu cases.
The civil surgeon, Panchkula and medical superintendent, GH Panchkula, have been directed to make available tablet Tami Flu for the management of bird flu. Information, education and communication activities are being held for creating awareness among the public regarding prevention and management of bird flu.
Director general, health services, Haryana, Dr N K Arora said that no advisory or alert had been issued by the Centre to the state government. As a precaution, however, surveillance would be increased in areas within 3 kilometres of the Sukhna Lake.
The Panchkula district administration has sent surveillance teams to examine various poultry farms for any abnormal casualty. “The residents of Panchkula need not worry much, and there is no cause for alarm or panic, but we will take precautionary measures as per the requirement. No such suspected case or indication has been reported in any part of the district as yet,” Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray told Newsline.
The DC has written to all the senior district-level officers to make people aware of the disease in their areas. He also directed the officers to encourage people, especially those engaged with the poultry farms business, chicken shops, and egg consumers to take necessary precautionary measures, and immediately report any abnormal casualty.
Elaborating on the move, deputy director, animal husbandry, Dr M R Singla said, “There are over 120 poultry farms in Barwala area, and no such incident has come to light in any of them. Meanwhile, the surveillance teams consisting of veterinary doctor and two assistants will conduct inspections, and suitable action will be taken, if any suspicious case is detected.”