Health min seeks CDC help to tackle JE, Dengue & TB

During his meeting with the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Harsh Vardhan sought a knowledge sharing agreement for fighting against key diseases affecting millions of Indians


The minister and the CDC specialists exchanged views on programs for diabetes and hypertension, ending the culture of physical inactivity and on the need for strengthening global health security.

Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan during his recent US visit, held a four hour long meeting with top experts at the world famous Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at Atlanta.

During the talks, the health minister highlighted the annual visitation of Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) which leads to heavy loss of life in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The minister, who is on an official tour of the US, said, "Though I have personally visited the affected areas of the two states recently and overseen an immunisation drive, I feel that CDC's research assistance could go a long way in understanding the root causes (etiology) of AES which is still a mystery. So I made a request to Dr Tom Frieden, director in this regard.

Dr Harsh Vardhan also discussed the possibility of CDC giving technical assistance for development of early warning, epidemic preparedness and response, development of field friendly rapid diagnostic kits and bilateral cooperation for development of Dengue vaccine.

The minister visited the Emergency Operations Centre of CDC. Dr Steve Monroe, one of the senior functionaries, highlighted the emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases which are of grave concern before the world community.


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