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Cabinet reviews measures to deal with bird flu

Our Bureau

New Delhi , Dec. 23

THE spread of avian influenza (bird flu) is a cause of concern for Governments across the world and the Cabinet on Thursday took stock of the Health Ministry's contingency plan to deal with the spread of the disease.

The Ministry along with the Animal Husbandry Department and the State Governments is planning to have surveillance of the local community, keep labs ready for testing samples, stockpile the drug oseltamivir, clinical management in identified hospitals having isolation facilities, equip the identified hospitals for critical care management and initiate public health measures including disposal of dead or culled birds as per guidelines.

IARC membership: The Cabinet has also approved India joining the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France that aims at ensuring prevention and better treatment of cancer patients across the country.

The Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr Priyaranjan Das Munshi, said that the IARC membership would help India develop cancer vaccine and design protocols for vaccine trials.

At present, the membership is restricted to the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and some European nations. India would be among the first developing countries to join the institute.

Of the nearly $6 million membership, 25 per cent would be paid for 2005-06, 50 per cent for 2006-07.

It gave its nod to announce the national policy for persons and disabilities that aims in protecting the rights of the persons with disabilities.

CIEFL made Central varsity: The Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad would be conferred the status of a central university.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the extension of the ongoing World Bank assisted revised National TB Control Programme for another five years from October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2010 at a cost of Rs 1,156.10 crore, out of which Rs 282.58 crore would be required in the Tenth Plan and Rs 873.53 crore in the Eleventh Plan.

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