Manipur Veterinary Minister, Oinam Lukhoi Singh in a media briefing on Wednesday informed that there is no case of bird flu in Manipur as of now but preventive measures and immediate steps for active target surveillance against the disease have been taken up by the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Government of Manipur.
Minister Lukhoi stated that as a precautionary measure, the government has already imposed a “temporary ban on entry of poultry and poultry products such as eggs, meat and live birds including ducks, guinea fowls, turkey and quails” to the state through all the National Highway connecting the State and Airport in view of the reported outbreak of highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in other parts of the country. These measures were taken up to prevent the escalation of the disease in Manipur.
Lukhoi also mentioned that Veterinary Department, Manipur has set up a Rapid Response Team (RRT) in all the Districts with the collaboration of Deputy Commissioners, District Superintendents of Police, and District Veterinary Officers of the border districts shall take all required steps to stop the movement of birds and eggs.
During the briefing, the Veterinary Minister also informed that the contagious African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in the Salungpham area in Thoubal district and Nongmaiching Chingkhong (Wakha) area in Imphal East district in Manipur. He also informed that the situation is under control. As such, the district administration, Thoubal in its order issued on January 2, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Contagious Diseases in Animals Act 2009, notified “controlled areas” for ASF at Kangyambem, Lokchao, Salungpham Mamang Leikai.
Ban on sale of pig, pork, feed, and related items in these “controlled area” and “infected zones” apart from restricting the movement of pig from the place where it is kept within the above area and zone was also imposed, Shri Lukhoi added.
The minister then appealed to the people of the state not to panic as the government is actively taking up all preventive measures through the state Veterinary Department.