Nearly 1.5 lakh public and private poultry farms of the country will come under official surveillance as the government has launched a nationwide bird flu prevention campaign.
Manik Lal Samaddar, special assistant to the chief adviser said that the government already has enforced a countrywide poultry farms inspection program involving all field level livestock officials and Ansar and VDP. Bangladesh Rifles has been put on alert to check smuggling of any kind of poultry products into the country from neighboring Indian districts which are fighting a worse bird flu pandemic, Manik, who is in charge of the fisheries and livestock ministry, said at a press briefing in Dhaka Sunday.
Squads of veterinarians and animal health workers have been deployed at eleven border points for anti-viral drug sprays and their services will be made available for farms, which are already affected or exposed to attacks.
Anti-viral drugs are also being given to farm owners and employees, who come in close contacts with farm birds.