KATHMANDU: Two days after declaring Bhaktapur district a bird flu emergency zone, the government on Friday declared the emergency in various parts of Kathmandu district. A month since its outbreak, the flu has shown no signs of abating.
The emergency was extended to Kathmandu following a meeting of officials of the Department of Livestock Services (DoLS) and the District Avian Influenza Technical Coordination Committee.
The parts of Kathmandu district, which were declared emergency zone, include 11 VDCs, Kirtipur municipality and some parts of Kathmandu Metro. The 11 VDCs include: Chalnakhel, Thankot, Satungal, Purano Naikap, Ban Bhanjyang, Matatirtha, Mulpani, Gothatar, Machhegaun, Mahadevsthan and Dahachok. Similarly, Pepsicola area or ward number 35 of Kathmandu Metro was also declared as the emergency zone.
“The emergency was clamped after new outbreaks continue to be reported in various parts of Kathmandu. This decision will be implemented from Saturday onwards for three months,” said Narayan Ghimire, spokesperson for the government’s bird flu control campaign.
The H5N1 strain of the flu has been confirmed in 20 poultry farms in Kathmandu in the past one month. According to Gautam, all fowls will be destroyed in these areas within a week. Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry has directed all hatcheries in Kathmandu to stop the production of chicks.
Under the provision of emergency zone, all fowls including chickens will be culled, while feed, egg and excreta will be properly destroyed and disposed. Sales, supplies and farming of fowls will also be banned. The disease was found in different poultry farms. Earlier, the government lifted the ban of sale of chicken product following pressure from poultry entrepreneurs. The poultry entrepreneurs have been alleging that the government’s decision to announce emergency was not relevant. It is said that it will take around three years to come the poultry business into normal.
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