Effective containment of the Nipah virus outbreak in India highlights the importance of a strong health system

In the early hours of 17 May 2018, a critically ill patient was wheeled into Kozhikode’s Baby Memorial Hospital in the Indian state of Kerala. Suspecting a virus, which had not been seen before in the area, the doctors dispatched the samples to Karnataka’s Manipal Centre for Virus Research some 300 km away. The samples tested positive for Nipah virus. These results were subsequently confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. India notified the Nipah virus cases to WHO under the International Health Regulations, IHR (2005).

Health gains from the Swachh Bharat initiative

At a dissemination workshop organised by WHO Country for India, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, key findings of an assessment undertaken by WHO to study the health gains from the progress made under the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission were presented.

India launches National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, in collaboration with WHO Country Office for India organised a consultation to commemorate the World Hepatitis Day at New Delhi on 28 July 2018. Mr J. P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare launched the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program on the occasion.

Accelerating tobacco control measures

Inaugurating a national consultation to commemorate the World No Tobacco Day 2018, Mr Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India made a strong call for accelerating tobacco control measures for achievement of the goals under National Health Policy, 2017.

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