Delhi Makes Health Certificate Mandatory for Poultry Transported to Market

The Delhi government made health certificate mandatory for poultry transported to the Ghazipur poultry market following reports of bird flu cases.

Enforcing the provision in the market is a 15-member committee comprised of poultry traders, doctors and market association officials.

The decision was made after Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai visited the market to assess the situation after several migratory birds were found dead in various parts of Delhi.

Rai said that six rapid response teams have been formed and sent to possible spots from where the influenza virus can spread in the city including bird sanctuaries and poultry markets.

One such team has been posted in the Delhi Zoo, which was shut down following deaths of several migratory birds.

Teams were also sent to Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Nizamuddin (where sale and purchase of poultry happens), Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Najafgarh drain and Ghazipur poultry market.

The Delhi government has also started a helpline number to report cases of bird flu and seek help.

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