Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar reviews steps taken on containment of Nipah Virus Outbreak in Kozhikode, Kerala

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Union Additional Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar today reviewed in Pune the measures taken for containment of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode, Kerala by the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV). .

After undertaking the review, Dr Pawar said that “the Government of India, under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and under the guidance of the Hon’ble Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, is monitoring the situation and necessary measures to prevent the spread are taken.”

Dr Pawar said that under the leadership of Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, high-level teams from the Center and ICMR-NIV with mobile units equipped with BSL-3 laboratories have already reached Kozhikode and will carry out tests to the ground. He further said that the affected gram panchayats in Kozhikode area have been declared as quarantine zones. A multidisciplinary team led by Dr Mala Chhabra has been tasked by the Union Health Ministry to support the State in public health measures to tackle this epidemic.

The Union Minister assured that the Union Health Ministry and ICMR-NIV are monitoring the issue on a daily basis and the Central Government is taking all possible measures to deal with the viral outbreak.

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