Govt to open new state branches of National Centre for Disease Control and BSL-3 labs

02 January 2024 | News

To strengthen the country’s capacity for pandemic preparedness and disease surveillance

image credit- PIB

image credit- PIB

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya laid the foundation stone for National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Regional Branch in Assam, State branches in 6 States (Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal and Mizoram) and biosafety lavel or BSL-3 labs in 2 States (Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand) virtually.

He also inaugurated a temporary NCDC Regional branch in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. These new NCDC branches and BSL-3 labs will strengthen the country’s capacity for pandemic preparedness and disease surveillance with One Health approach.

He also dedicated an Auditorium and Library block as a part of upgraded NCDC, Delhi to the nation and released several technical documents such as Centre for Environmental & Occupational Health, Climate Change and Health, NCDC Booklet; Epidemiology, NCDC technical report; Centre for One Health, NCDC vision document; National Centre for Vector Borne Disease Control – 'National Strategic Plan: Malaria Elimination-2023-27'.

State branches of NCDC and BSL-3 laboratory once functional will augment the capacity of region/state for preparedness and response especially for outbreak prone diseases by high-risk pathogens. 

Dr Mandaviya informed that a forward-looking strategy has been envisaged for the NCDC's evolution through which it is planned to establish 30 NCDC state branches, 5 NCDC regional branches and 10 BSL-3 laboratories in phase-wise manner for decentralising the presence of NCDC. 


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