India wants its women to be Aware of Bird-Flu.

India had one of the first women Prime Ministers in the world.

In India’s ancient history of more than 10,000 years, women have been known to be in powerful and vitally important positions in society.

Yet it is a fact that most of the women in India today, are not educated and are not able to fully develop their potential.

The Government of India and specifically the State Government of Manipur, has now decided that it is important to make the women of rural India  aware of the dangers that are present in the matter of the deadly Bird-Flu virus.   

Underlying the importance of women in Manipuri society in taking up various social issues, All Manipur Nupi Marup organised a State Level Awareness programme on Bird flu for womenfolk at State Museum Hall, Imphal today.

Health and Family Welfare Minister P Parijat attended the inaugural function of the awareness programme as chief guest and president of Nupi Marup I Ibeni as functional president.

Additional Director of Health Th Biren Singh was the resource person of the awareness programme attended by around 150 women coming from different parts of the State.

 Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi


Office of Registrar General of India.

India “Surrounded” by Countries with Bird-Flu.

Mr Naresh Dayal, the Federal Health Secretary in the Government of India, worries about  the possibility of the Bird-Flu virus mutating in to a human to human virus.

“Worldwide, human-to-human transmission is feared. We have to be able to tackle that if, God forbid, it starts,” he said in an interview with Reuters.

Mr Dayal was very concerned about the fact that the counties neighbouring India seemed to have “uncontrolled” outbreaks of Bird-Flu.

“We are surrounded by countries with uncontrolled outbreaks in poultry and birds,” Dayal told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. “And further, there is Vietnam and Indonesia.”                                              

Indonesia and Vietnam — both within a couple of hours flying distance from some Indian cities — have reported human deaths from bird flu this year.

Indonesia says it has 83 confirmed bird flu deaths since 2003, the highest for any nation.

In addition, Myanmar as well as Bangladesh, another two of India’s neighbour countries, have reported cases of Bird-Flu. 

India has stepped up vigil on its borders with Myanmar as well as Bangladesh, said Dayal, adding that New Delhi had offered to help its two neighbours fight the disease.

“We are willing to provide help to Bangladesh. It is also in our own interest,” he said, adding India was also ready to help Myanmar fight the virus if requested.

New Delhi has reported no human case from its three major outbreaks in poultry since 2006, but health officials are worried about its northeast region, which also borders China, where 16 human deaths have been reported since 2003.

Authorities are increasing the number of laboratories that can test for bird flu in humans.

Besides the three existing facilities, New Delhi will set up a new laboratory in Assam as well as Kolkata, Dayal said.


Bird-Flu Sorrow in Sukabumi

Sukabumi is a Sanskrit word, dating back to the Hindu Indonesia, predating the Islamic invasion of the country.

The city is close to the Indian Ocean and is characterized by a long stretch of pristine sandy beaches, cliffs, a marine turtle habitat and the primary forest of Mount Halimun, the largest National Park in West Java.

It is not a surprise therefore, that the name Sukabumi in the Sanskrit language means “The Land of Happiness”.

The residents of Sukabumi are not happy at this time though, as the city has the dubious honour of hosting the latest human case of the H5N1 virus.

Ririn Meilani, a 12 year  old girl from Sukabumi, has been admitted to Syamsudin General Hospital, with high fever and respiratory problems, as a suspected bird flu sufferer.

Recently, a large number of chickens in her neighborhood had suddenly died for unknown reasons.

Ririn Meilani was hospitalized on last Thursday day evening.

Paramaedics took samples of her blood for specialised laboratory tests.

She is currently being treated at the hospital`s emergency care unit.

Ujang Suhendi, the girl`s father, said his daughter had been suffering from high fever and respiratory problems since June 16, when a number of chickens in their neighborhood died.

Around 75 percent of the chicken population in the area where Ujang lived, had died by mysterious causes.

Ririn had had contact with one of the dead chickens, he said. She is currently being treated at the hospital`s emergency care unit, he said.
On August 1, the local husbandry and animal health offices sent a team to check on all poultry in the area. But until Friday local residents were still uninformed about the results of the team`s work.

Syamsudin General Hospital Director Dr Suherman said there were indications Ririn was infected with the bird flu virus. However, to obtain confirmation of the suspicion samples of her blood would be sent to the Health Development and Research Agency in Jakarta for more conclusive laboratory tests.

A report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said recently around 60 percent of all Indonesian households keep an estimated 300 million birds in their backyards.


India Bird-Flu, 4 Children test Negative, but a further 51 are Quarantined.

A huge sigh of relief went through a Fifth of the entire human race, as the four children suspected of a Bird-Flu infection were declared free of the virus in India.

Throat swab and tissue samples of the four boys (all under 14) had been sent for testing, but no sign of bird flu was found.

“They are negative,” said Vineet Chawdhry, a joint secretary in India’s health ministry.


Thousands of people in Manipur state in India’s northeast were also checked by health officials after the outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in chickens on a small poultry farm.

However, the authorities have quarantined a further 51 people also from Manipur.

“Since all these people had worked in culling or sanitising operations or monitoring people’s health around the affected poultry farm they have to be quarantined and monitored,” said Vineet Chawdhry.

Most had complained of being “unwell”, he added, but did not say whether any had flu-like symptoms. All 51 were on Tamiflu, the popular drug to prevent and treat bird flu, as a precaution, the health ministry said.

Hundreds of “cullers” were involved in killing nearly 300,000 fowl over the past week in Manipur, a state bordering Myanmar that saw two outbreaks of bird flu in chickens in July alone.

The culling, which took place within a 5-km (3-mile) radius around the affected poultry farm near Imphal, capital of Manipur, ended on Thursday.

Health officials have completed checks of around 235,000 people in the area, but said they would closely monitor the situation.



India Awaits the Bird-Flu Sample Results for 4 Children.

The Government of India says that the recent outbreak of the Bird-flu virus is now under control.

“The outbreak appears to have been localised,” said Upma Chawdhry, joint secretary in the federal Animal Husbandry Department, adding that teams were sanitising poultry farms, including destroying egg trays and disinfecting coops.

Manipur borders Myanmar, Burma and Bangladesh. 

All of these countries have reported outbreaks of bird flu.

Myanmar is seen as a potential blackhole in the global fight against avian influenza, given its rudimentary health infrastructure and its secretive regime.

However, state authorities were monitoring the health of four children, with fever and Flu like symptoms.

 The children had apparently handled dead or sick fowl while playing in the neighbourhood.

 The State Government has sent their blood and throat swab samples for testing to a speicialist Federal laboratary.

India had two major outbreaks last year in its western region — both of which were successfully contained.

Officials said they were also investigating the deaths of about 120 chickens in Mizoram state, which neighbours Manipur in addition to Burma and Bangladesh.

Chawdhry said the deaths (in Mizoraam) seemed to be due to the fowl pox viral disease but added that authorities were not any taking chances as the dead chickens were just 10 km from the Myanmar border. 

This situation is under careful watch,” she said.