Get password
Search Product
Please select
Product Categories
Message Board


more details..

Top Animal Health Official in the Department of Agriculture Replaced

Tuesday July 18, 2006

has replaced its top official for animal health for failing to crack down on bird flu, The Straits Times reported. Sjamsul Bahri, director of animal health at the Agriculture Ministry, was removed from his post Thursday (13/7/06) after being in office for less than a year, reports the Indonesia Trade and Investment News published by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.



The disease has so far confirmed 41 Indonesians succumbing to the avian flu - just one short of the number in , which has the world's highest number of fatalities. Experts believe a number of other cases were not identified before the victims were buried.



“This move is in line with my promise that I will evaluate performance every six months,” Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono told Koran Tempo daily. He said Sjamsul's performance was 'not satisfactory', however did not elaborate.


Sjamsul has been replaced by Mr Musny Suatmodjo, the former head of the animal health division in the ministry's West Java office.



Meanwhile the director of communicable disease control at the Health Ministry, Mr I Nyoman Kandun, said more help from the international community is needed to tackle the problem.



Kandun also reported that the World Health Organization had said that the 41st victim was a three-year-old girl from Cisauk village in West Java , who died on July 6 in a hospital in Jakarta .