There is no drug stock in the state for Nipah treatment and the drug purchased in 2017 has expired

Health 2021-09-06

newsteamz_There is no drug stock in the state for Nipah treatment and the drug purchased in 2017 has expired
  • Health Minister Veena George told a news conference that there was no stock in the state for the treatment of Nipah patients.

  • A high-level meeting was convened under the leadership of the health department following the death of a 12-year-old boy in Chathangalam, Kozhikode.

  • In a press conference held after this, the minister clarified that Nipah has no drug stock in the state.

Health Minister Veena George told a news conference that there was no stock in the state for the treatment of Nipah patients. A high-level meeting was convened under the leadership of the health department following the death of a 12-year-old boy in Chathangalam, Kozhikode. In a press conference held after this, the minister clarified that Nipah has no drug stock in the state. The drug, which was purchased in the wake of the Nipah outbreak in 201, expired in 2020. Veena George said the drug now needs to be imported from Australia. The mock drill conducted by the then health minister KK Shailaja in 2020 did not find any shortage of the drug.

Meanwhile, the minister said that there were 251 people on the contact list of the dead child affected by Nipah. The minister said samples of eight of the 11 patients had been sent for testing and three would be sent today.

The State NIPAH Control Cell has been set up to strengthen the NIPAH virus resistance in other districts as well. The situation will be assessed at a meeting of the health department on consecutive days. He also decided to provide guidance and training to other districts.

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