one health consortium: Govt launches ‘One Health’ consortium for surveillance of bacterial, viral infections | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Department of Biotechnology has launched a consortium ‘One Health’ that plans to carry out the surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in the country.
The project also looks at the use of existing diagnostic tests and the development of additional methodologies for surveillance and understanding of the spread of emerging diseases, the DBT it said in a statement.
Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, on Thursday launched the first project ‘One Health’ of the DBT through videoconference.
The consortium plans to carry out surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens.
Noting that the Covid-19 pandemic showed the relevance of ‘One Health’ principles in infectious disease governance, especially efforts to prevent and contain zoonotic diseases worldwide, Swarup emphasized an approach holistic to understand the health of humans, animals and wildlife to minimize the damage caused by future pandemics.
Swarup said the ‘One Health Consortium Consisting of 27 organizations led by DBT-National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad, it is one of the largest health programs launched by the government in post-Covid times.
The consortium consists of AIIMS, Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, IVRI, Bareilly, GADVASU, Ludhiana, TANUVAS, Chennai, MAFSU, Nagpur, Assam Agricultural and Veterinary University and many more ICAR centers, ICMR and wildlife agencies.





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