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Nearly one million fowls and chicks culled; Govt. to compensate poultry farmers


BHAKTAPUR: With the confirmation of bird flu, the government has culled 990,981 fowls and chicks from several farms in Bhaktapur. According to Bhaktapur District Bird Flu Control Section, 523,921 fowls and 156,726 chicks have been culled from as many as 439 poultry farms since the government declared Bhaktapur a crisis-hit zone on August 15.

Bird flu was first confirmed in Bhaktapur on July 26. As many as 191,063 fowls and 119,271 chicks were culled before the district was declared crisis-hit following the flu confirmation.

Chief at the section, senior veterinary Dr Buddhiman Khaling informed that 289,299 eggs, 49,206 kg chicken feed and 810 kg meat were destroyed as of this evening. Meanwhile, the government is yet to completely get rid of the disease even 12 days after it targeted to complete its task of ridding Bhaktapur of the flu within the 10 days.

Meanwhile, the number of people visiting Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) has increased with the fear that they might have infected from bird flu. According to doctors, every day about half a dozen people visit hospital seeking treatment for avian influenza. The hospital said such people mostly come from the flu hit areas in Bhaktapur, Kavre, Makwanpur, Lalitpur and some parts of Kathmandu. Doctors counsel and send the patients home as they said that a lot of patients do not show any signs of infection.

In a bid to study the cause of emerging and reemerging diseases, STIDH, popularly known as Teku hospital, has established a separate clinical research unit at the hospital. Doctors at the hospital said often even they do not know the cause of many ailments and treat patients based on hypothesis. The newly established research unit will conduct thorough investigation of the diseases and suggest proper medication.

Authority at the District Veterinary Office (DVO), Kathmandu said that it would complete the ongoing chicken culling operation within the next couple of days. Officials said that they have completed disinfection drive at Thankot-Dahachowk area and will complete the operation in Kritipur and Gothatar area in the next two days. The Directorate of Animal Health (DoAH) has imposed bird flu emergency in Thankot, Kritipur and Gothatar of Kathmandu and in Bhaktapur district.

Similarly, the Department of Livestock Services informed that it will compensate the bird flu-hit poultry farmers as per the market price of their lost fowls, including chicken.

“We have submitted suggestions to the Ministry of Agriculture to compensate the poultry farmers in line with the market price by preparing a detailed action plan,” said Dr Nar Bahadur Rajwar, chief of the Department, in a program in Kathmandu.

The Department has further suggested the Ministry to address other issues of the poultry farmers collectively, one of them being the revival of the heavily damaged poultry farming business itself. Various poultry farmers also attended the program on behalf of the Bird Flu Victim Farmers’ Struggle Committee.

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