Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on March 25 made an inspection tour of the prevention of bird flu and cross-border poultry smuggling in the northern border province of Lang Son.

While inspecting quarantine units at border gates, Deputy PM Hai asked the locality to intensify measures to wipe out the illegal cross-border poultry trade and transport in order to effectively contain the spread of the disease in the coming time.

During a working session with local leaders, the official spoke highly of the locality’s efforts in the field in the last year. He also stressed that they need to fully tap economic strengths to further promote socio-economic development.

Lang Son province has introduced a wide range of measures to thwart poultry smuggling in recent times, while the poultry market management in the locality has also been effective, Hai noted.

The provincial health sector also enhanced supervision to quickly detect the cases, and prepared facilities and equipment. Meanwhile the popularisation of information on avian influenza risks to local people has been strengthened.-VNA