Due to increase in number of suspected bird flu patients in Chandigarh, the administration has finally decided to put a ban on all poultry products in Chandigarh. This was discussed in an official meeting here today and the ban is likely to be implemented from Tuesday. No eating joint in Chandigarh will be allowed to serve chicken or any other poultry product.
Hotels and restaurants run by CITCO have already stopped the sale of chicken. These include Hotel Mountview (Sector 10), Shivalikview (Sector 17) and Parkview (Sector 24).
What the poultry ban in Chandigarh says:
- No eating joint in Chandigarh can sell chicken, eggs or any other poultry product.
- Selling of uncooked (raw) chicken banned at meat shops in Chandigarh.
- Import of poultry (hens as well as eggs) from other states has been banned.
- Sale of boiled eggs in Chandigarh has also been banned.
Earlier, doctors said that it is safe to eat chicken which has been cooked above 100 degrees. They also said that fully boiled eggs are safe to eat. However, this time it is complete NO to chicken and eggs in Chandigarh.
The Chandigarh administration has banned poultry products in the city as a measure to save its residents from bird flu. In the mean-while, there have been many patients who walked in at Sector 32 and Sector 16 hospitals with flu like symptoms. Their sample have been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in New Delhi.
Newspapers were full of news stories about how restaurants and hotels were carrying on their regular business by selling non veg. Owners of chicken shops used to sell poultry products saying that they import eggs and hens from New Delhi and other states. But now, there has been a complete ban on the import as well as sale of poultry products in Chandigarh. The administration had to impose this ban in order to stop people from eating chicken during the bird flu scare in Chandigarh.
However, Chandigarh administration has again told people not to panic. All these steps were taken to control the bird flu and to prevent the infection from spreading to humans.
The news of ban on chicken and eggs in Chandigarh that too in this winter season might be sad for many. But remember that PRECAUTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.