"Currently, we are planning to expand the mandate of NARI. This is one organisation that has some experience towards disease elimination. While work on HIV research and related programmes will continue, the learnings from how the disease was controlled and prevented will be applied to other communicable diseases," said Dr Gangakhedkar, a former director of NARI.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the World Cancer Day, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which is the oldest international cancer-fighting organisation, commissioned a global survey to form an up-to-date picture of people’s experiences, views, and behaviour around cancer.
“This is a constantly evolving outbreak, and we are not sure what numbers of (suspected cases) we are looking at. We are anticipating an increase in the number of samples to be tested,” said Dr R R Gangakhedkar, Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at ICMR in an interview.
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According to reports, at least 132 people have died and almost 6,000 cases of Novel Coronavirus have been confirmed in China. There are more than 80 cases across 19 countries outside China. India is yet to report a case of Novel Coronavirus.
Dr Bhan pioneered the first indigenously developed rotavirus vaccine and the highest tribute to him would be to take forward his legacy, Dr Swarup said, adding that he was a visionary and his death had left a void that will never get filled.
When contacted, Dr Priya Abraham, who recently took charge as the new director of ICMR-NIV, told The Indian Express that they hoped to shorten the time taken for testing suspected samples for novel coronavirus from six hours to three hours.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, tweeted that the Indian Embassy in Beijing was in “close touch” with Indian citizens “to extend assistance, including on possible travel options out of Hubei Province”.
“We are inspired by our counterparts at Shaheen Bagh. Sometimes, it is difficult for the women in Camp and surrounding areas to go to Kausar Bagh at Kondhwa. We will sit here 24/7 to register our protest,” said Rameeza Khan, one of the protesters.