K18m Needed To Fight African Swine Flu
The National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) has revealed that while K18 million is needed to conduct the first stage of containment countrywide, they have identified that only K2 million is needed immediately in the interim to contain the African Swine Flu in this affected area.
NAQIA managing director, Joel Alu said a team is already on the ground to carry out a delimiting exercise to contain the spread of the virus.
The exercise will begin in Mendi and continue into other neighbouring provinces where the containment operation will be headed by chief veterinarian, Dr Ilagi Puana.
Agriculture Minister, John Simon also noted that he has given directives for a taskforce to be set up to ensure illegal or unauthorised and or inappropriately documented imported goods, especially canned food are removed from shops.
“This taskforce will include appropriate authorities including ICCC and Customs PNG as well as provincial health authorities.” He said DAL and the ministry is now looking at possible ways to address the issue of imported diseases.
“There are plans in place to put up security measures which will ensure that these diseases are detected before entering the country, especially through trade routes including PNG-Indonesia border,” said Mr Simon.
He also plans to buy two high quality X-ray machines costing about K700,000 each.
These machines will ensure that all goods imported into the country are safe and certified.
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