The state health department on Monday conducted emergency meetings in Kozhikode under Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda along with Health Secretary over the recent deaths

 

The Health department in Kerala is on high alert since Monday Morning after the deaths of eleven people due to Nipah virus. The state health department on Monday conducted emergency meetings in Kozhikode under Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda along with Health Secretary over the recent deaths. The Union Health Minister has directed to form a high-level team of doctors to monitor Nipah virus. The team was formed under Director of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and reached Kerala to investigate the virus.

J P Nadda has tweeted that “Reviewed the situation of deaths related to Nipah virus in Kerala with Secretary Health. I have directed Director NCDC to visit the district and initiate required steps as warranted by the protocol for the disease in consultation with state government.”

The latest revelation comes following the testing of blood samples of the deceased at Pune’s National Institute of Virology. The report was received by Kerala’s health department on Sunday evening. The blood samples were taken from a single family at Kozhikode’s Perambra taluka- Muhammad Salih, 26, his brother Muhammad Sabith, 23, and his paternal aunt Mariyam, 50.

All District Medical Officers (DMOs) have been directed to keep watch on the people affected by Nipah and forward information to it. Meanwhile, the centre on Sunday directed the Director of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to visit Kerala to take stock of the situation and to assist the Kozhikode district administration.

The report confirms that almost 25 others patients are under supervision. An isolation ward has been opened in Kozhikode medical college and hospital and formed a task force headed by District Magistrate. State Health minister KK Shailaja has urged the people not to spread the fake news about the rare virus.

 

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