Cambodia seeks helps from Buddhist monks to fight bird flu

(Aug 10, 2006) Cambodia has enlisted the help of Buddhist monks and teachers in its drive to prevent a fresh outbreak of bird flu, the UN children's agency and government officials said. .

Six Cambodians have been killed by the deadly H5N1 virus and the kingdom is on high alert after new cases were discovered in neighbouring Laos and Thailand last month. ."Buddhist monks play an important role in helping to prevent bird flu by educating people about its danger," said Yim Voeunthan, secretary of state at the ministry of agriculture.

"Cambodian people respect monks the most and they will follow the monks' advice," he said, adding that monks have strong spiritual influence on people in rural areas. (from


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