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  • Is Poultry Industry influencing Health Agencies H7N9 bird flu virus cases reporting? (Ifeng, February 5 2014, edited)

    [Source: Ifeng, full page in Chinese: (LINK). Automatic translation.]


    Is Poultry Industry influencing Health Agencies H7N9 bird flu virus cases reporting?

    At 03:33 on February 6th, 2014 / Source: Xinmin


    Poultry Industry Association, companies that should not be unduly released epidemic guard Planning Commission last year because people infected with H7N9 avian influenza B infectious downgraded legal, lifting the CPI for the previous infectious disease prevention and control measures. January this year announced the third edition of the prevention program, calling the case the timely release of information. When people infected with H7N9 avian influenza inconclusive, public risk assessment can not be true in the frequent change prevention and control efforts, is not conducive to public awareness of H7N9 clearance, and is not conducive to relevant industry enterprises to take measures to reduce losses, but easily lead to public Game certain interests and industry interests.

    Newspaper Commentator Xu Fan

    Public health and disease prevention should not give way to industrial interests, is common sense. Government has the responsibility to compensate for the aquaculture industry, but this does not include compensation for reducing disease exposure.

    Guangdong media recently found that the health sector in stepping up prevention and control of human infection with the H7N9 avian flu, while low-key approach to the epidemic began to information media: no longer active communication of information to the media to send cases, notification was no longer a "live poultry contact history" etc. words.

    This change from the pressure exerted by the poultry industry: Guangdong, Guangxi until the national poultry industry associations have requested to the government at all levels to stop every notification H7N9 cases, to avoid the outbreak superdense reported. Is to reduce the information dissemination "rescue" the poultry industry, or to maximize the public, to ensure that public health and safety, it is not difficult to choose.

    10 years ago, "SARS" outbreak has also been a similar choice. Facts have proved that burst open more timely public health epidemic, the better crisis management. Process governance "SARS" for government information disclosure mechanism of the later start, providing a convincing experience. Public health and disease prevention should not give way to industrial interests, is common sense. In the growing emphasis on public service functions of the government, rather than the demands of economic reforms, so that the public interest reliable protection, is zoned for policy clearly underlined.

    But in reality, the public interest to hold the bottom line is not easy. Poultry notification request to stop every case, because since April last year, two H7N9 outbreaks so live poultry sales price plummeted. Zhang poultry owners through no fault of their own interests, the problem is that, from the information released to the fiscal response, did not show enough to coordinate the interests of all parties and to the relative balance of power.

    Poultry Industry Association, companies that should not be unduly released epidemic guard Planning Commission last year because people infected with H7N9 avian influenza B infectious downgraded legal, lifting the CPI for the previous infectious disease prevention and control measures. January this year announced the third edition of the prevention program, calling the case the timely release of information. When people infected with H7N9 avian influenza inconclusive, public risk assessment can not be true in the frequent change prevention and control efforts, is not conducive to public awareness of H7N9 clearance, and is not conducive to relevant industry enterprises to take measures to reduce losses, but easily lead to public Game certain interests and industry interests.

    Stable information dissemination mechanism is to ensure public health and disease prevention is not disturbed an important prerequisite. Of course, while continuing to make arrangements for the government to control public health and epidemic prevention, but also consider the interests of the industry. Aquaculture for public health safety made a great contribution, the government has the responsibility to compensate for the aquaculture industry, providing tax and other concessions. However, this compensation does not include reducing the exposure of the epidemic.

    Face potential public crisis, the need to form a government, the public and businesses work together to deal with. No other party is the antithesis of the interests of other parties in the H7N9 controversy behind each case whether notification is to ensure that the public interest can not shake the head, is how the government better, more skilful coordination of the interests of all parties.


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