BMC issues guidelines to tackle bird flu

BMC issues guidelines to tackle bird flu

In recent developments, amidst the bird flu scare in Mumbai, the civic body has issued guidelines on reporting the death of birds and safe disposal of their remains.

On Monday, January 11, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) appealed to citizens to contact its helpline number 1916, if they notice bird deaths. Complaints received on the helpline will be reported to the Assistant Engineer working in the Solid Waste Management Department through the control room. After that, the staff under the supervision of those officers in the department office will dispose of the birds as per the guidelines.

Moreover, the civic body released the numbers of Hershal Bhoir (9987280921) and Ajay Kamble (9987404343) who are members of the immediate response team. The civic body in addition to asking the authorities to maintain strict vigil and carry out awareness campaigns about bird flu also asked the assistant commissioner (market) to create a plan about the cleanliness of chicken and mutton shops.

So far, the bird flu has spread across 10 states in the country. Till Sunday, January 10, the outbreak had spread to seven states - Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. However, cases were further found in Delhi, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra on Monday, January 11.

On the other hand, the authorities at the Byculla zoo have been put on high alert in order to make sure that none of the birds inside the premises get infected. Moreover, there are over 200 aquatic and exotic birds inside the zoo. In the midst of the outbreak, authorities have scaled up hygiene monitoring while serving food. In addition, the general atmosphere in which the birds are kept is being looked after as well.