Avian flu virus is now a possible threat to the country's poultry industry. It is because the country did not take minimum preparation to tackle the dreadful flu if it breaks out. It has been reported in the media that this flu can take a serious toll on the economy and human lives. This possibility gets multiplied in the case of Bangladesh as our bureaucratic governance system is reluctant to solve any kind of crisis situation.
It is learnt from a report that the outbreak of bird flu in the country might force the authorities concerned to destroy poultry industry worth Tk 60 billion.
So, the government has no way to ignore the case of avian flu virus. As a result of the international situation, Bangladesh is now in a threatened position due to its geographical location in Asian countries where the epidemic has taken an alarming turn.
But till this week, we have seen the authorities concerned to carry out only the correspondence among each other. They have decided to sit in a high-level meeting soon. This meeting is likely to identify possible precautionary measures for tackling the onslaught of bird flu. So, until the meeting is over, the nation would not know what kind of precautionary measures need to be taken immediately.
But of the measures need to be taken on very urgent basis without any such meeting. For example, the government can disseminate preliminary messages through the electronic media after collecting those from the affected countries and announce the ban on poultry bird import for a short period until precautionary measures are not taken.