IndiaNIPA defenses strong; Monoclonal antibody to be imported from Australia: CM

NIPA defenses strong; Monoclonal antibody to be imported from Australia: CM


  • Defensive operations were strengthened
  • 16 committees were formed
  • Those at high risk were transferred to the Medical College Isolation Ward

Kochi: The Chief Minister said that the preventive measures have been strengthened in the backdrop of the re-confirmation of the Nipah virus in the state. Ministers AK Sasindran, PA Mohammad Riaz and Ahmed Devarkovil are in Kozhikode to coordinate the activities under the leadership of Health Minister Veena George, the Chief Minister said in a Facebook post.

Kozhikode is working under the leadership of the Health Department in coordination with various departments. The action plan was drawn up by an emergency meeting chaired by the health minister last night when the virus was reported. Based on this, 16 committees were formed. The mission of these committees is contact tracing, community surveillance and data analysis.

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The pay ward block of the medical college was set up for NIPA treatment and isolation. The NIPA also set up a negative pressure ICU exclusively for patients. Contact list of 188 people was prepared. 20 of them are high risk. Along with this a route map was prepared. Those at high risk were transferred to the Medical College Isolation Ward.

Steps have been taken to provide facilities for conducting NIPA examination at Kozhikode Medical College itself. Point of care testing will be conducted there in collaboration with NIV Pune. The NIV will be sent to Pune to confirm it once again. Test results will be notified within 12 hours.

Drug availability and safety equipment were ensured. The monoclonal antibody is guaranteed to arrive in ICMR from Australia within seven days.

Efforts are underway to trace the source of the Nipah virus. Discussions were also held with private hospitals. All hospitals have been instructed to report any unnatural fever and unnatural deaths immediately. Special arrangements have been made for speedy transfer of data, the CM said.

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Health Minister Veena George said after a review meeting in Kozhikode that there was a possibility of expanding the contact list of the child who died due to NIPA. There may be people who are not recognized by the Department of Health when publishing the route map. Primary contacts are now detected. The minister also said that their secondary contacts need to be identified.

The contact list will need to be expanded when secondary contacts are found. Have trained health workers available for treatment. The minister said private hospitals have been directed to inform the health department in case of any unusual fever or death.

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