Kozhikode, Malappuram declared Nipah-free


    02 July 2018

KOZHIKODE: Health minister K K Shailaja declared Kozhikodeand Malappuram districts Nipah-free at a function organized by state health department at New Nalanda auditorium here on Sunday. Health staff and others who had rendered selfless services in fighting the Nipahoutbreak was also felicitated at the event, organized to mark Doctor’s Day.

The minister said the two districts were declared Nipahfree as no fresh case was reported after May 31 and till the completion of double incubation period, which ended on Saturday. She added that the medicine (human monoclonal antibody m102.4), brought from Australia, was not used and it would be handed over to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Additional chief secretary (health and family welfare), Rajeev Sadanandan, who delivered the keynote address warned of a possible second wave of Nipah virus infection in the areas where it was reported earlier. He said the Kerala model of Nipah virus management would be developed for effective management of the disease.

Sajeesh, husband of late Lini Puthussery, the nurse who died after contracting the virus while tending to the index patient in the Nipah outbreak, received a memento from the health minister.

UV Jose, Kozhikode district collector; Amit Meena, Malappuram district collector; Dr G Arun Kumar, head of Manipal Institute of Virus Research, Dr A S Anoop Kumar, head of the department of Critical Care Medicine of Baby Memorial Hospital; Dr R S Gopakumar, corporation health officer; Dr Abdul Gafoor, infection disease specialist at Chennai Apollo Specialty hospital, Dr V R Rajendran, principal of Kozhikode Government Medical College and many others were honoured.

The minister also presented the state award 2017 for doctors to Dr Muraleedharan Pillai , deputy superintendent, women and children hospital, Alappuzha (in health service category); Dr V R Rajendran, (medical education); Dr S Radhakrishan of ESI dispensary, Karamana (insurance medical service sector); Dr K Chandramohan ,additional professor surgical oncology, RCC, Thiruvananthapuram (autonomous institutions); Dr Koshy Philip of Government Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram (dental sector); Dr Shaji Thomas John , chief of paediatrics of Baby Memorial hospital (private sector).

Siddharth, son of the late nurse Lini Puthussery, looking at his mother’s picture on the brochure distributed at the felicitation function.

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