Pakistan - bird flu vaccines and consumer awareness campaigns
The Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) has proposed a
50% subsidy on imported H5N1 vaccines.
The Association is urging the government to ensure that 3,000 million doses
of bird flu vaccines are readily available in the Veterinary Research Institute
in Lahore to combat the virus in good time in the case of an outbreak.
Association Chairman Abdul Basit has suggested that immediate steps be
taken to ensure the revival of the poultry sector to meet the requirement of
poultry meat and eggs of the people of Pakistan. He said vaccination in the
areas where there has been an outbreak of the disease (50 km around) is
essential for poultry farmers.
Additionally, Basit stated that there needs to be a law that will ensure
that poultry farms are registered. NOC for constructing new poultry farm must be
obtained from provincial secretaries of livestock and dairy development. These
approvals should be given, keeping in view some major guidelines, such as
distance at least 1 km from another poultry farm and 3 km from hatchery or
breeding farms. The proponent shall have fortification such that movement of men
and animals is to be checked. Proposed poultry farm shall have boundary wall,
gate, bio-security room at gate and a mortality pit in the premises of the
Another area of concern is public awareness of bird flu, he said, and
proposed that enough cash be allocated for a campaign. He also proposed special
rebate for advertisements on TV and print media for public awareness on
nutrition related health issues.
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