*There is no need to panic or worry about bird flu; the Delhi government is working hard to stop the infection: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia*
*Prohibition on processed chicken and livestock coming in from other states for 10 days; Delhi Murga Mandi will also be closed for a few days*
New Delhi January 11, 2021: Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal is closely monitoring the Avian bird flu infection and is talking to the concerned officials. “There is no reason to worry about the bird flu in Delhi. Processed chicken and livestock from other states has been banned as a precautionary measure. Delhi Murga Mandi will also be closed for a few days,” said Deputy CM Manish Sisodia today
Dy CM Sisodia said this at a press conference today. He said that positive reports of duck samples have come in from the Sanjay Lake. “Due to this, the area is being thoroughly sanitized. We are ensuring deep cleaning is being carried out by the officials,” he said.
Sisodia said that the results of 100 samples that had been sent to Jalandhar recently, and are awaited. “But there is no reason to worry about bird flu in Delhi,” he added. Officers of the Animal Husbandry Unit, Development Department have been directed to carry out intensive campaigns across the state.
Sisodia said that as a precaution, a ban of ten days has been imposed on bringing livestock in from outside Delhi. “Also, there is a ban on selling packaged chicken or processed chicken from outside to Delhi to prevent infection from one state to another. But there is no need to panic about bird flu. It is common influenza. The news of its spread from bird to human has not been reported so far,” he added.
“People who eat chicken and eggs should also not panic. There is no risk of infection from fully cooked chicken or boiled/cooked eggs.” Sisodia said.
It is noteworthy that Delhi Government had issued an alert to all the doctors and concerned people on October 28, 2020 and issued a directive to monitor Avian bird flu. After this, on January 4, 2021, a guideline was issued to all doctors for continuous sample collection and strict monitoring.
Doctors of all 48 Veterinary Hospitals of the Department of Development, Animal Husbandry Unit of Delhi Government are continuously monitoring bird flu across the state. Also, 11 rapid response teams have been set up which are continuously collecting samples.
Lipakshi Seedhar: Staff Correspondent.