Students conduct nationwide bird-flu campaign
The Indonesian Youth Forum, sponsored by the
Agriculture Ministry, is conducting a nationwide campaign to raise awareness
about bird flu.
The campaign began on 1 December, with the aim of encouraging people in
areas in Indonesia, not to worry about bird flu and to eat chicken. The World
Health Organisation says that chicken and other poultry are safe to eat if
cooked well, explaining that the virus' are killed when the meat is properly
cooked and nothing is left raw.
"We want to meet consumers, chicken traders, chicken enthusiasts and
slaughterhouse managers to share tips and information so they can protect
themselves against bird flu," forum founder Elmir Amien told The Jakarta Post at
Cikupa market, and chairmen of the Indonesian Farmers Council.
"Since the country's first case of bird flu was reported in 2003, the
disease has only killed 53 of the 76 people infected, but the poultry industry
has incurred huge financial losses because exaggerated media reports have made
people too scared to eat eggs and chicken," he said.
He said the rate of animal-protein consumption in the country had decreased
to four kilograms per capita per year, as a result of many months of intense
media coverage of avian influenza.
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