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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vietnam : National action plan to combat bird flu

An article from VOV News :

" The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in coordination with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and various overseas organisations, held a seminar in Hanoi on September 20 to draw up an action plan to combat bird flu in the next five years (2011-2015).

According to MARD, the animal husbandry sector in Vietnam has developed dramatically but animal health services have not yet met its requirements. As a result, there are more cases of diseases being transferred from animals to humans.

MARD’s Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan said that over the past five years, more than VND3,931 billion (roughly US$201.7 million) has been allocated by the State and international organisations on training medical workers and building testing centres. However, he said, the country still faces numerous challenges due to the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus."

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