Centre asks Kerala Govt to strengthen hospital, community based surveillance to contain outbreak of Nipah Virus
In the letter, Mr Bhushan suggested that active search for cases need to be undertaken in the containment area, as per the micro-plan provided by the Central team. The Health Secretary said, the nearby districts of Kannur, Malappuram and Wayanad need to be alerted. He said, the District Authorities must identify primary and secondary contacts and prepare line listings of high risk and low risk contacts. All high risk contacts may be moved to identified facility quarantine and observed for symptoms.
In accordance with the request of the State Government, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research has initiated action to establish point of care testing at Virus Research and Diagnostic Lab in Kozhikode. Government Medical College, Kozhikode has been identified as the Treatment Centre. The Centre has asked to earmark an adequate number of single room isolation facilities and negative pressure ICU. A referral system to be established along with earmarked ambulances and trained staff. The Health Secretary said, adequate stock of anti-viral drug Ribaverin and Personal Protective Equipments need to be maintained at the district level. He said, ICMR is exploring the feasibility of getting appropriate monoclonal antibodies for treatment purposes.
The Centre said, a 24 x 7 Control Room needs to be set up for daily reporting and sharing information with the media. Coordination with the Animal Health and WildLife Department and other field officers may be initiated to trap and collect samples from fruit bats for virological studies and other associated measures.