Goa closes it borders for live poultry and other birds from neighbouring states to keep itself bird-flu-free.
Goa has prohibited the entry of live poultry from the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka amid rising cases of bird-flu in several states in the country. The Chief Minister has issued these orders as precautionary measures in a bid to break the chain of infection and keep the coastal state free from the infectious flu. The state has also imposed a similar ban on the entry of other birds from these state, informed the Chief Minister. Unlike Maharashtra, the state of Karnataka has not reported cases of bird flu but a ban has been imposed to steer clear of troubles, in the backdrop of the already plaguing coronavirus.
Goa's attempt to isolate from the bird flu infection
With no positive cases of the widespread avian flu in the Goa, the Chief Minister informed that the officials have been directed to bar the entry of live birds and poultry from the neighbouring states to keep the state infection-free. As per reports, Goa consumes about 40 tonnes of chicken in a day, about 30 tonnes of which is imported from Karnataka, and at this stage, it is rather difficult to predict the duration of this ban. The state head has however called it imperative, in order to avoid problems later.
About 10 states in country have reported bird flu, where Maharashtra and capital Delhi are the latest additions to the list, read the official statement issued by the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying on Monday. The office has also directed stats to raise awareness programmes to avoid the spread of infection and misinformation. State and UTs have been directed to take caution while disposing off carcasses and boost the provision of bio-security in poultry farms.
Centre issues directive to curb infection
In a meeting with the Prime Minister, the officials of the animal husbandry and district magistrates were asked to maintain a strict vigil over unusual deaths of birds. All zoos, polutry farms and water bodies, too, will remain under constant surveillance to detect the traces of infection rise and spread, directed the Prime Minister.
The agenda of this session was to review the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the vaccine roll out. As per the discussions, about 800 healthcare and frontline workers will be administered the COVID-19 shot at 8 established vaccination centres in the state.