Cambodia government here on Tuesday launched an emergency project of 11 million U.S. dollars for avian and human influenza control and preparedness.

   “We have to prevent bird flu and educate our people about it regularly before it break out and kill people and poultry,” said Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is also the chairman of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

   We should not say we were successful in preventing bird flu after we only culled large amounts of sick poultry, he said.

   Fortunately, we have good cooperation with the neighboring countries, who exchange information with us to prevent avian influenza outbreak, he told the launching ceremony.

   “We have to join together to prevent deadly diseases which could ruin the social order and affect the economic development,” he said, adding that effective prevention will help reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.