By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Negros Occidental Provincial Board is planning to summon Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) head, Dr. Renante Decena, next week, regarding measures being taken to prevent the entry of avian influenza, or bird flu, into the province.
Earlier this week, the PVO was placed on high alert after the Department of Health (DOH) declared a bird flu outbreak in Luzon.
Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante, Jr. said it would be costly if the virus were to enter Negros Occidental, as poultry products like chicken, ducks, and other fowl would be contaminated.
In light of the outbreak, the PVO has since posted quarantine stations at various seaports across the province, as well as airports; along with sending district veterinarians to conduct rounds at various poultry and gamefowl farms in Negros Occidental.
Decena also earlier assured consumers there is an ample supply of poultry meat in the province, even after the Department of Agriculture declared a ban of shipments from Luzon./WDJ