New Delhi: Shortly after the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune declared a suspected case as an infection of Nipah virus diseases, a ministry of health and welfare family held Tuesday's urgent meeting. The Union Minister for Health and Welfare, Harsh Vardhan, spoke to Kerala's Minister for Health, K. K. Shailaja, who discussed the matter and affirmed all the support of the Center.
The union health ministry already has a central team of six officers for an epidemiological investigation protocol. The team will track contact for early detection of suspects, test protocols for suspects and review isolation facilities. The ministry has also established a control room (011-23978046) and the Strategic Health Operations Center (SHOC) implemented the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
A team from NIV Pune with monoclonal antibodies is being sent to Ernakulam, Kerala. Another team from NIV to test bats for Nipah virus is being launched Tuesday.
“Today, I asked a meeting at my residence with all the officials, including the health secretary. Yesterday we launched a team of six officials to Kerala, "said Harsh Vardhan.
“I am sure that Kerala's Health Minister receives all possible support from central government. We are also in contact with the wildlife department to seek their help in testing bats to test the virus. I don't have any need to panic, "he said.
In parallel, Kerala's government initiated contact tracking and surveillance, standard capacity building for health executives, ambulance fleet and other drivers. The state ordered infection control activities in hospitals and put in place dedicated trained teams and rapid response teams to handle cases.
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