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  • Jakarta hopes to beat bird flu by end 2007

    29 Dec 2006 09:09:06 GMT

    JAKARTA, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Indonesia, which has the world's highest bird flu death toll, plans to ramp up its fight against the virus and hopes to beat it by the end of 2007, a government official said on Friday.


    Critics have said public ignorance, official ineptitude and lack of money are hampering efforts to stamp out the disease that has killed 57 people in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country.


    But the head of the government's bird flu team told reporters Jakarta will raise funding, intensify its campaign to raise awareness of the disease, strengthen surveillance and restructure the country's poultry industry to minimise the risk of further spread.


    "We have made some progress this year, but this disease is still affecting our animals and our people. We remain on alert," said Bayu Krisnamurthi, chief of the national committee on avian influenza control and pandemic influenza preparedness.


    He said no new human infections of the H5N1 avian flu virus have been reported in Indonesia since Nov. 28.


    "By the end of next year, we want to see an end to new human H5N1 cases," he added.


    Indonesia will raise anti-bird flu funding to $61 million in 2007, up from $46.45 million previously planned. It allocated $55 million for 2006.


    Krisnamurthi said that separately the international community had allocated $65 million to help Indonesia combat the disease in 2007, compared to $35 million in 2006.


    Although bird flu remains essentially an animal disease, experts fear it could mutate into a form that can pass easily among humans, possibly killing millions.


    According to the World Health Organisation, the virus has killed 157 people since 2003 and has spread from Asia to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    At least 200 million birds, the majority of them chickens and ducks, have died or been culled, costing farmers and the poultry industry billions of dollars across dozens of countries.

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    Re: Jakarta hopes to beat bird flu by end 2007

    Govt to allocate $61 M for bird flu control in 2007

    (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will allocate US$61 million for an anti-bird flu drive next year, an increase from the US$55 million it budgeted this year, an official said.

    "The increase in the budget allocation for the bird flu control will hopefully serve as a new stimulus to resolving the spread of H5N1 virus through the 2007 bird flu control program," Chief of the National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Alertness Dr. Bayu Krisnamurthi said here Friday.

    He said the country`s key international partners had been committed to doubling their aid to US$65.5 million next year from US$35 million they provided this year.

    Most of this year`s aid from the key partners was channeled through the representatives of international agencies. However, nearly 60 percent of next year`s aid would directly be given to the government, he said.

    He said US$28.177 million of the budget allocation and foreign aid would be used for the control of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on poultry, US$12.4 million for the control of AI infection on humans and US$1.2 million for the protection of high-risk groups.

    Nearly US$10.538 million would go to epidemiological surveillance on poultry, US$3.9 million to epidemiological surveillance on humans, US$3.1 million to public campaigns, US$5.175 million to researches on animals and US$0.35 million to researches on humans, he said.

    Compared to 2006, the budget allocations for the control of bird flu on humans and animals in 2007 were more proportional, he said.

    The budget allocations for the control of the disease on humans and animals in 2007 would respectively reach 53.1 percent and 46.9 percent of the total budget compared to 63.6 percent and 36.4 percent this year, he said.

    "In 2006 we focused the budget allocation on the control of virus on humans because we faced many human cases of the disease. In the future the focus of the budget allocation will change because the condition has changed too," he said.

    To date, Indonesia has recorded 74 human cases of bird flu and 57 of them led to deaths.(*)


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    December 29, 2006

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