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Thailand goverment adopts integral system for bird flu control

The government has adopted an intregal system for bird flu control in which all agencies concerned…

The government has adopted an intregal system for bird flu control in which all agencies concerned must join forces practically in preventing avian flu across the country in the coming winter season, according to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Wan Muhamad Noor Matha.

Mr. Wan Noor said yesterday that the integral systerm would be particularly enforced in areas being at risks of bird flu outbreaks.

He said that the system would be firstly launched in Bangkok`s areas, as the capital city is the front gate of the nation and if ridden by the disease, it could affected the country`s overall economy, investment and tourism.

The integral system would then be expanded to other provinces shortly, beginnng from the central province of Nakhon Pathom, followed by those in the northern and eastern regions, he disclosed.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said that the new system would help boost the efficiency of all Bangkok`s 50 districts in containing the avian flu virus in the winter.

BMA has cooperated closely with the Department of Livestock Development in strictly controlling the avian flu virus in all Bangkok`s 50 districts. We believe the new integral system will further enhance the efficiency of our control system, the Permanent Secretary for BMA, Khun Ying Nathanon Thavisin.

Also yesterday, a national committee in charge of overseeing the bird flu situation in the country called a meeting of over 100 officials from all agencies concerned, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health and BMA to discuss measures on containing the disease during the coming cold season.

Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisang, who heads the committee, ensured the general public that the government would always keep them informed of updated information on the avian flu situation in the country transparently.

Although avian flu is now a world serious disease, people should not panic. What they should do is being more aware of it and prevent themselves from being infected with the virus, the deputy premier cautioned.

He confirmed that the government has no policy on allowing any mass production of bird flu vaccinnes, but conceded that a small amount of the the vaccines were being test-used only in government laboratories.

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