Nipah Virus: Kerala CM Promises Medical Reimbursements
Kerala government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to kin of Nipah virus victims.
The total death toll from the Nipah virus rose to 17 on Friday, 1 June. Schools and colleges in Calicut will remain shut till 12 June, ANI reported. Officials also said that bats are not responsible for the spread of the Nipah virus.
India has reportedly procured 50 doses of an antibody from Australia, which will help in fighting the virus.
- 17 people have died due to the virus outbreak
- Sikkim and Bihar governments have issued health advisories to the people of the state.
- The UAE has asked its residents to put off unnecessary travel to Kerala
Govt Will Reimburse Patients: Kerala CM
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced reimbursements for medical expenses incurred by Nipah virus patients. He said the government will allot the amount based on the District Collector’s report.
Kerala Government Says Situation Not 'Alarming' Now
The situation in Kerala at present following the outbreak of Nipah virus is not alarming as no new cases have been reported, a high-level review meeting said on Sunday, 3 June, PTI reported.
The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was attended, among others, by Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajiv Sadanandan and DGP Loknath Behara and senior IAS officers.
The collectors of Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, the worst affected by the virus, participated in the meeting through video conferencing, a press release said.
No Threat to Kerala from Nipah Virus: IMA
Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Ravi Wankadekar on Saturday, 2 June, said Kerala need not worry about the Nipah virus as the state is absolutely safe from it now.
State Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said Kerala was indeed a safe destination, as around 300 doctors arrived in Kerala from various parts of India for the IMA conference to be held at Kovalam. “The arrival of the renowned doctors to Kerala has an immense significance,” said Surendran.
Wankedekar, who is in the capital city for the IMA conference, said that the virus outbreak does not hold any threat. “Around 300 doctors arriving in the state itself shows that the virus isn't a threat at all,” said the IMA president.
State Health Minister KK Shailaja said that the medical teams of the Centre, state and the private sectors need to be complimented for effectively containing the outbreak.
Of the 18 positive cases,  have died and the remaining two are recovering well at the Kozhikode hospital. In all we had sent 193 samples of which 175 were negative. Almost 2,000 people have been reported to have come in contact with the affected and this figure might go up. Things are in control, but we have to be very careful.KK Shailaja, State Health Minister
Anxious moments were witnessed on Saturday morning when it was wrongly reported that a 38-year-old woman had died in Kannur district due to the Nipah virus. However, soon other reports surfaced that she had died of other causes and did not carry the Nipah virus.
But even while the state government has assured that the situation is under control, people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions with many people wearing masks outdoors. Businesses and market places are less crowded while some movie theatres have downed shutters.
(With inputs from IANS)
Kozhikode Schools and Colleges to Stay Shut till 12 June
Schools, colleges and educational institutes in Kozhikode will remain closed till 12 June in the wake of the Nipah virus outbreak. The date was initially extended to 5 June in Wayanad, Kannur and Malappuram, besides Kozhikode, and reopened on Friday in the rest of Kerala, after summer vacation.
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.
02:46 PM, 02 JunKozhikode Schools and Colleges to Stay Shut till 12 June
06:31 PM, 31 MayDeath Toll Rises to 16, One More Dead in Kozhikode
03:48 AM, 30 MayOne More Person Dies of Nipah in Kozhikode
05:32 PM, 27 MayAnother Death in Calicut, Death Toll Climbs to 14: ANI
08:58 AM, 27 MayAnother Death in Kerala; Toll Up To 13: IANS
10:37 AM, 26 MayBihar Government Issues Advisory
07:19 AM, 26 MayTests Rule out Bats as Source of Nipah Virus
02:00 AM, 25 MayIndia Seeks Australia's Help in Battling Nipah
01:56 AM, 25 MayTourism Affected in Kerala
10:16 AM, 25 MayFears of Nipah Virus in Hyderabad; Two Suspected Cases
09:53 AM, 25 MayDiscrimination Against Those in Contact With Nipah Virus Victims: Report
07:55 PM, 24 MayMangaluru Does Not Have Any Nipah Virus Cases: Health Dept Officials
07:31 PM, 24 MayNipah Only a Local Occurrence, Not Major Outbreak: Health Ministry
06:59 PM, 24 MayUS Biotechs to Speed Work on Nipah Vaccine
05:23 PM, 24 MayGovt Steps in as Workers Refuse to Cremate Victims' Bodies
03:41 PM, 24 MayNipah Scare: 18 Dead Bats Found in HP's Nahan District
01:41 PM, 24 MayHow is Nipah Virus Transmitted?
01:32 PM, 24 MayFear of Nipah Virus in Karnataka
01:25 PM, 24 MayThere Is No Cause to Panic: Ashwini Choubey, MoS Health
12:54 PM, 24 MayCM Pinarayi Vijayan Commissions High-Level Meet
12:54 PM, 24 MayWho is at High Risk?
12:24 PM, 24 MayNipah Virus Death Toll Rises to 11
12:32 PM, 24 MayGovernment's Plan of Action to Tackle Nipah Virus