Action plan devised to deal with Nipah, says Minister Mohammed Riyas

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Health ministry in strict vigil following the death of a 12-year-old boy due to Nipah virus.

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Kozhikode: Health ministry has enforced strict vigil following the death of a 12-year-old boy due to Nipah virus. Minister Mohammed Riyas told media that an action plan has been devised at a special meeting presided over by the Health Minister on Saturday night. The ministers of Kozhikode district, medical college doctors and health workers attended the meeting.

Since the Covid curbs are being enforced at present, containment of the Nipah infection will not prove to be a difficult task as during 2018. There is no need for concern. The doctors in the district and all other health workers are set to tackle the situation. The minister also added that working together as a team and taking up prevention measures will help in moving forward.

Minister A. K. Saseendran told Mathrubhumi News that there is no need for concern. He pointed out that proper preparation of an action plan and tracing people in contact will help stop the spread of the disease.

A high-level meeting will be convened in Kozhikode on Sunday morning. Ministers including Mohammed Riyas, A. K. Saseendran and Ahamed Devarkovil will attend the meeting. The hospital has shifted 17 people in contact with the child into observation. Five among those are the close relatives of the child. No one in the family is symptomatic as of now. Discussions are being held about cremating the child as early as possible.

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