Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have signed a MoU for cooperation in the area of zoonoses, anti-microbial resistance, nutrition and pesticide residues.
This MoU is expected to strengthen the ties between the two organisations and energise environment of mutual cooperation and collaboration.
Diseases and infections that are naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and humans is called as Zoonoses. Some of the zoonotic diseases that are highly pathogenic are avian influenza, Zika, Ebola, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV).
Commenting on this collaboration JP Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare said, "In line with the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi (that we should not work in silos), this MoU gives us an opportunity to work beyond the silos we have created. We have been working very closely with the agriculture sector; however this MoU will give us a structured set up to carry our work forward.
There is paucity of data regarding occurrence of zoonotic diseases, their modes of transmission to humans, sensitive and specific clinical and laboratory diagnostic tools. Suitable strategies to prevent them would be of utmost important especially in India".