Indonesia plans to recruit about 1,000 students from four universities to boost surveillance of avian influenza as a United Nations agency asked the government to show more urgency to control the virus in the nation.
[...] The government needs to create a chain of command to help in reporting the spread and measures to tackle the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has killed four people in the Southeast Asian nation, said Roeder, who is heading FAO's team to stem the spread of the disease in birds in Indonesia.
``I don't sense enough urgency about the situation,'' Roeder said. ``Heavy human population and all keeping poultry in the backyard situation has just provided wall-to-wall chickens for this virus to move around.''
[...] While Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago deploys 1,000 students for surveillance, neighboring Thailand will deploy 900,000 volunteers to perform house-to-house checks for signs of bird flu, local media reported Health Minister Suchai Charoenratanakul as saying Oct. 24.
Thailand will ``X-ray'' 21 provinces for signs of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said in a statement on Oct. 22. Thailand has declared a nationwide ban on the movement of poultry and ordered farmers to report cases of dead fowl, she said yesterday.
The Indonesian government and the FAO are appealing for help to fund compensation. Lack of adequate compensation discourages the reporting of outbreaks, the World Health Organization said in a report on Sept. 2. The virus has killed at least four people in Jakarta and surrounding areas.