‘NO NEED TO REGIS­TER THEM’

Own­ers of birds, ban­tam and free-range chick­ens ex­empted from reg­is­tra­tion with Vet­eri­nary Dept

New Straits Times - - News -

SHAR­I­FAH MAHSINAH AB­DUL­LAH PASIR MAS shar­i­fahmah@nst.com.my

OWN­ERS of birds, ban­tam and free-range chick­ens are ex­empted from reg­is­ter­ing the fowls with the Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices Depart­ment (VSD) to be checked for the avian flu H5N1 virus.

Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Shabery Cheek said this was be­cause VSD would check all places to de­tect the virus.

“They (the author­i­ties) are ready to con­duct op­er­a­tions against the avian flu. Once the in­fected birds are found, they will be de­stroyed im­me­di­ately.

“Road­blocks will also be car­ried out reg­u­larly to pre­vent the virus from spread­ing to other states,” he said after launch­ing the “Ne­garaku Pri­hatin” pro­gramme near Mer­anti here yes­ter­day.

Shabery said tak­ing ac­tion early was im­por­tant to pro­tect the good im­age of the coun­try.

“There­fore, in­ten­si­fied checks on birds and chick­ens must be car­ried out reg­u­larly although no new re­ports on the flu have been recorded since last week.

“We will never com­pro­mise on hy­giene.” Shabery said the gov­ern­ment would only de­clare Ke­lan­tan free from H5N1 once the sit­u­a­tion fully re­turned to nor­mal.

On Satur­day, VSD con­firmed that there had been no new cases of H5N1 in Ke­lan­tan over the last seven days.

As of Satur­day, 28 lo­ca­tions tested pos­i­tive for H5N1 virus. Kota Baru has 14 lo­ca­tions, Pasir Mas (6), Tumpat (3), Tanah Merah (1), Ba­chok (1) and Pasir Puteh (3) in­volv­ing 43 premises.

So far, 37,862 birds have been culled and 15,450 eggs have been de­stroyed.

VSD had as­sured the pub­lic that all broiler chick­ens and eggs were safe for con­sump­tion and asked the pub­lic to re­port the death of any fowls.

PIC BY NIK AB­DUL­LAH NIK OMAR

Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Shabery Cheek (cen­tre) with agro-en­trepreneurs at the ‘Ne­garaku Pri­hatin’ pro­gramme near Mer­anti in Pasir Mas yes­ter­day.

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