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Nipah Virus: Kozhikode Medical College to set up permanent isolation ward


Nipah Virus: Kozhikode Medical College to set up permanent isolation ward

The Kerala government will set up a permanent isolation ward at Kozhikode Medical College in the wake of the outbreak of deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) that claimed 14 lives in the region recently.

Talking to reporters after a high-level review meets, Health Minister K K Shylaja said though the deceased was well under control, the isolation ward would be launched as a precautionary measure.

She said the health department was well prepared to adopt remedial measures in the event of relapse of the deceased.


Source: UNI
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  1. TIME TO RETHINK ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES – HOW SAFE WE ARE IN HOSPITALS AND DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES Better than late than never, It is time to think about the Infectious disease can manifest as epidemics and pandemics, before the administrative machinery sets in few die and the disease spreads to far reaching places as people travel and migrate faster, Kerala is always prone for many Uncommon viral infections as many travel and in out of Kerala for Jobs and business , The poor state of Microbiology departments even in teaching Hospitals is deplorable, Medical council of India wish to have the statistics created for MCI inspections, ( it includes tests done and dummy results ) To best of my knowledge in my 30 years association with private medical / autonomous insittues the administrators and Managements find it is expensive to fund the needs of the departments and MCI not considering or insisting regulations on biosafety , I do not know how many Medical colleges have even Biosafety hood class 2 . and if anybody with knowledge raise the voice HAVE LITTLE PLACE TO CONTINUE BECAUSE many seniors and retired Professors join the Private Medical colleges and aspire to be Heads directors, principals and have least idea what Microbiology and Biosafety is and it is difficult for them come even 2 to 3 days, in a week / month look to laboratory issues is a difficult proposition I have worked many seniors many have no idea of even Bio safety in dealing with tuberculous, and certainly the tuberculosis cultures are done in less than 30% of medical colleges even though Tuberculosis the number one communicable disease in most of the developing countries leave alone NIPHA ,Influenza other MDR resistant bacterial isolates and all risk and work is left to least qualified staff, the great burden of infections fall on many technician’s too develop communicable diseases among the common being tuberculous, I have seen even Pregnant technician’s succumb to tuberculosis while working in unsafe laboratories Life is a great fight if we wish to be scientific, and even we have to put up with ideas of even most ignorant professors occupying the chairs with fake research papers, and power of authority ,as many private medical colleges run for generating more money through laboratory services I certainly feel that we are progressing at many places without following minimal biosafety guidelines leave alone controlling the fake papers, cooking fake research without control of ethical committees
    HOPE IT IS TIME WE SHOULD EVALUATE HOW MUCH SAFE OUR Microbiology departments caters to more dangerous specimens may even contain many dangerous microbes leave alone NIPAH OR INFLUENZA
    KERALA WITH MOST MIGRATING POPULATION AND ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ECOLOGY NEEDS TO ESTABLISH BIO SECURITY AND BIO SAFETY AND MEDICAL COLLEGES SHOULD BE CENTERS TO TRAIN MANY ON BIO SECURITY OR FACE MANY CHALLENGES IN FUTURE
    TIME TO THINK PURPOSE AND ROLE WE LIVE AS PROFESSORS AND HEADS IN MICROBIOLOGY DEPARTMENTS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS BIO SAFETY AND IMPORTANCE OF OTHERS LIFE RISKS
    NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST
    Dr.T.V.Rao MD Former Professor of Microbiology