Bird-Flu-Free Zones to be set up in Pakistan

Do you remember the time, when there were Smoking and No Smoking sections in all of the flights?
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This meant that of the, ten rows of seats in the Business Class of an aircraft, the first few were Non Smoking and the remaining seats immediately behind those seats, were Smoking seats, or vice verse.
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No body seemed to have mentioned the above arrangement to the smoke from the cigarettes however.
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The smoke would naturally waft along the entire section of the business class.
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Pakistan is one of the few places on the planet, where smoking is still pretty much allowed in most places.
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May be that is why the Government of Pakistan has come up with a brilliant plan to fight the Bird Flu virus in that country.
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The powers that be in Pakistan (not sure if any one knows who they are at this time) have decided that they are to create Bird-flu-Free-Zones in the country.
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These Bird-Flu-Free -Zones will be areas of Pakistan,  where the Bird Flu virus will be banned.
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I guess that means that the rest of Pakistan will be free to have the H5N1 virus roam around at will!
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Exactly how this Moses like separation of natural elements is to be managed is not very clear.
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However, here are excerpts from a report from The News: 
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The Government of Pakistan is considering setting up ‘bird flu free zones’ and ‘poultry disease free units’ containing all bio-security measures in order to control the avian influenza .
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The sources said that all possible steps would be taken at the proposed zones to prevent the virus and diseases.
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The main focus will be on disposal of birds, restriction of wild birds and visitors, disinfection of vehicles, proper vaccination techniques, use of anti-viral spray and maintenance of health environment.
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Moreover, the sources said that there were (currently) no rules and regulations for registration of poultry farms though in the past there was some procedure wherein the Agriculture Development Bank used to grant loans for setting up farms with requirement to produce feasibility report.
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However, if the number of birds (at a poultry farm) was 100,000 or over, then a feasibility report as well as induction of a doctor was deemed necessary.
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Director Poultry Production and Research Sindh (PPRS), Dr Ali Akbar Soomro said that they have trained 16 ‘master trainers’, who have been provided necessary kits to conduct regular surveillance of poultry farms, he told The News.
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Moreover, the institute has set up three laboratories in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur respectively, while seven teams are engaged in creating awareness against the diseases across the province.
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They are working in 14 districts and do not have staff in the newly-created nine more districts of the province, Soomro said.
However, their areas of concerns are commercial layer farms, commercial broiler farms, backyard poultry and pet birds, where they are stressing for adopting preventive measures. Dr Ali Akbar Soomro added.
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“Crack” Bird Flu expert Team in Pakistan!

I hear that a “Crack team of Bird Flu experts” has left for Pakistan to investigate the Bird-Flu outbreak over there.

Not sure if that was a real story or a spoof.

If true, then where is this team going?

Will they be checking in to the North West Frontier Hilton?

Or may be they are going to talk to the local politicians, bureaucrats in Pakistan to find out as to what is going on in that part of the world?

Well, I am afraid that the politicians and the bureaucrats in Pakistan are totally clueless about all of this.

The news about a possible bird flu outbreak in that area is not new.

There have been reports of lots of chickens mysteriously dying in the Afghan/Pakistan border area since the last winter.

It is not easy to understand here in the West, as to how cheap human life really is in that region and therefore, news of many people dying (let alone chickens dying) does not result in big headlines.

This is the North west Frontier of Pakistan, a region where the writ of Pakistani law has never fully extended, and which is thought to be a likely hiding place for Osama bin Laden.

I suppose the “crack team of experts” will immediately meet up with the other crack team, already investigating the disappearance of Osama in that same area.

Bird Flu in Pakistan – The real story.

I have been watching with amused admiration, the energy and the effort spent by all of the Flu news/blog folks, on the Pakistani H5N1 outbreak.

To begin with, even at the best of times, it is very unlikely that any reliable news would be able to seep out of even the main cities of Pakistan, let alone the North West Frontier area of that country.

That is the region after all, where you-know-who has been hiding all these years without a trace!

To top all that, the Pakistani Government has had its hands full for many months with matters that it thinks are much more important than a simple pandemic.

I mean, in pandemic a few million people can die. That is all.

What is that to a country with one of the largest populations in the world?

As all of you must know, the State of Emergency imposed by General Musharraf (now a civilian but still in charge) has been “removed” from Pakistan TODAY, by its now civilian President.

So does that mean that now we will be able to get all the news from the newly “free Pakistan”?

Certainly not.

Now Pakistan is in the process of holding a general election for the post of the Prime Minister.

That is a very important post.

Lots of money can be made if you are the PM of Pakistan.

All those lovely Billions from the US to start with.

In fact the two main candidates have both been accused by several international bodies of corruption at a huge scale.

So I am afraid a pandemic or two is not really important at this time for that country, where it is now the time to play Politics.

Be careful of what you wish for in Pakistan. You may get your wish!

Adolf Hitler believed in democracy.

Almost through out the time that he ruled them, Hitler had a huge majority of German people backing him up to the hilt.

But then he had sold them a story about how they were a super race, above all others and they had all loved it.

So Hitler was a much loved, democratically elected leader of his people.

(until right at the end of course, when he was loved only by only those who died along with him in that bunker)

The West has this thing about Democracy as the panacea for all the ills of the world and they could not be more wrong.

(What about the Hammas in the Palestinian territories then!)

The ul-Wahhab’s sect of Islam also has a growing majority of Muslims all over the world backing it, because they believe in what they have been told by the Wahhabis.

So a democratic but Wahhabi Fundamentalist Pakistan will follow the Taliban and the al-Quieda in their all-conquering-Jihad around the Globe, until all are part of the same belief.

There is no other choice offered by Wahhabism.

You heard their leader say that from his cave recently.

He said that the solution to all problems for the West was to convert to Islam.

 It is like the “Borg” of the Star Trek.

You assimilate or you die.

And as we know, the Borg do this because they only want to “raise the quality of life” of the species they “assimilate.

So we can either raise the quality of our life, by the assimilation offered to us by the al-Qaeda and the Taliban, or we do not and die. Those are the only two options available to us.

      

The Borg – Resistance is Futile. 

The IRA terrorists fought the Brits, for their rights, in their country. This is nothing like that in any way what so ever. This is a policy to either convert or kill. There is no negotiation. No compromise.

President Pervez Musharraf

Democracy in Pakistan (or removal of Musharraf) at this time, means either letting  some one like an ex playboy cricket player, turned celebrity son-in-law, turned Islamic politician like Imran Khan, in to power.

Or, allowing the educated-in-the-West (with all corruption charges involving millions of Dollars in secret bank accounts against her recently deleted) Ms. Bhutto to take over Pakistan.

It seems that the West has decided to Let Ms. Bhutto take her turn to rule the country, as they believe that she would be more controllable for them.

Even though she has a large following within her own party, the Pakistan of today is not that of ten years ago and she would be totally out of her depth in that country today.

If Musharraf was hated by the al-Qaeda and the Taliban, then Ms Bhutto will be a deeeeeep red rag to the bull of the Wahhabis and will provide the fundamentalists in Pakistan, all the fodder they need to light up a fire that will not be put out easily.

Imagine if the Taliban (or a political clone of Taliban) was to be officially elected in Pakistan and have control of the Nuclear weapons in that country! 

So please be careful of what you ask for in Pakistan, as you may get you wish!

Bird-Flu in Osama Bin Laden’s Back Yard?

Bird-Flu in Osama Land?

Bird-Flu has been found in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, the current abode of Osama Bin Laden.

The Post, the Pakistani News source is reporting from Abotabad, that over 45 thousands chicks were burnt and buried by Buttle Ehtsham Breeder Farm after having confirmed that they were suffering from Bird Flu.

According to details, on October 26, the Ehtsham poultry farm got a report about the spread of Bird Flu, the Livestock Director Mansehra Ali Akbar Khan sent the samples to Islamabad for testing.

Later after receiving positive reports, over 45 thousands chicks were burnt and buried so that the virus might not affect other poultry farms.

The farm manager informed the media people about the loss and said that if the poultry farms owners do not take proper measures, the virus can cause huge losses.

Could it be a cunning plan by the powers-that-be, to finally get the Most Wanted Fugitive in the world?

Osama bin laden from FBI most wanted terrorist page

Source:

http://thepost.com.pk/NatNewsT.aspx?dtlid=126587&catid=2

Global Bird-Flu Outbreak Map since 2003

Via ReliefWeb,

from the WHO, a very interesting visual diary of the global spread of the H5N1 virus, since the year 2003.

Map of 'World: Areas Reporting Confirmed Occurrence of H5N1 Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds Since 2003 (Status as of 27 Sep 2007)'

Click here:

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/LCZN-77LL5Y?OpenDocument&RSS20=25-P

For:

Areas Reporting Confirmed Occurrence of H5N1 Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds Since 2003 (Status as of 27 Sep 2007)

Of Bird-Flu-Free Malaysia & TB-Free Andrew Speaker!

With no new cases for the last two days, Malaysia has ceased the operations to detect and cull fowls in the infected area.

What is more, Malaysia will apply to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare that it is free from the H5N1 virus.

A news item from BERNAMA says that the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said that with no new cases reported in the past two days, his ministry has now ceased operations to detect and cull fowls in Kampung Paya Jaras Hilir, Sungai Buloh where the H5N1 virus was discovered following a report that 67 chickens there died over three days from June 2.

“We will have to apply to WHO to declare we are free of the H5N1virus.

We can say that we are free but WHO has to be convinced,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysian Dental Association(MDA)/World Dental Federation(FDI) Scientific Convention and its 64th annual general meeting here today.

Now why would Malaysia need to do such a thing?  

The following excerpt from a news item in the Star is a possible reason:

“The Selangor tourism sector is doing well despite the bird flu outbreak scare in the state, Selangor Tourism, Health and Consumer Affair committee chairman Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng said.” He added that “Selangor is a safe place for visitors,”. 

It was reported early last month that bird flu virus had been found in Kampung Paya Jaras Hilir near Sungai Buloh in Selangor after 60 poultry died over three days. 

The Bird-Flu infected countries repeatedly bow to the commercial pressure from the tourism and other related industries to try and get a Bird-Flu-Free status as soon as possible.

To move to be Bird-Flu-Free after only two days without further infections is a new record in irresponsibility though!

We believe that there is very little difference in such attitude from a Bird-Flu infected Nation, to that of Andrew Speaker, the globe-trotting tuberculosis patient.

Here are the links to the news items from BERNAMA  http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=267608

and from the Malaysia Star http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/15/nation/20070615150053&sec=nation