Maharashtra govt takes proactive measures to tackle Nipah virus

The state government has taken proactive measures to tackle with the threat of Nipah virus which has claimed the lives of 10 people in Kerala. Isolation wards have been set-up in civil hospital and doctors, nurses have been advised to wear protective gear. Samples will be sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology, if a patient shows symptoms of Nipah virus

  • The state government has directed all civic hospitals in Mumbai to create isolation. Doctors and the nursing staff have been advised to wear hand gloves and protective gears when treating the patients. 
  • A special Swine-flu ward in Mumbai’s Kasturbha hospital will be used to treat the suspects with Nipah virus
  • Maharashtra government has issued a warning travelling to Kerala to take necessary precautions. It will also issue an advisory of dos and don’ts as well

As Kerala is battling with an outbreak of the Nipah virus, the Maharashtra government has swung into the action before virus affects anyone in the state. On Tuesday, Deepak Sawant, Maharashtra’s health minister held a meeting with health department officers to take proactive measures to tackle with the Nipah virus.

While speaking to the press, Deepak Sawant said, “As of now we haven’t found any suspect of the Nipah virus in Maharashtra. But, as the summer vacations are on-going, many from the state have travelled to Kerala. So, the state will keep a watch on the suspects, if any. We are also consulting with the National Institute of Virology scientist. The state government will prepare a list of do’s and don’ts as well.”