Keshab Mahanta

The government of Assam will soon be setting up a National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Minister of Health & Family Welfare of Assam, Keshab Mahanta has announced.

The Minister said that the NCDC facility will be set up at Rani in Kamrup Metropolitan district as the state government has selected the land, adjoining the community health center in West Guwahati, for the purpose.

On his visit to the site, Mahanta directed the state officials to start on with the necessary formalities to ensure that the process of setting up the center can be expedited.

Assam is one of the four states selected by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for setting up NCDC centers as part of the PM-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM).

The PM-ABHIM is a pan-India health scheme for strengthening health care infrastructure at the grassroots i.e. the district-level thereby setting up wellness centers, labs and critical care units. Launched in October 2021 with an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore, it aims to accomplish the vision of comprehensive health care across the country in the next five years.

Apart from Guwahati, other cities where NCDC centers will be set up include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal and Dehradun.

The NCDC centers are focused on conducting research, treatment, and controlling the spread of infectious diseases, that include COVID, Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria and others.

Ealier, taking to Twitter, Mahanta wrote “Under the PM-ABHIM, launched by Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji, establishment of 5 Regional NCDC, including one in Guwahati, have been approved. To identify a suitable land for setting up the center, inspected the attached land to Rani CHC in West Guwahati today.”

“In addition, had a discussion on the land allocation process with Principal GMC, RHO (Dte GHS, GoI), and CO who were present amongst others during the land visit,” the minister further added.

Recently, Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, met with Mansukh Mandaviya, the union health minister to discuss a number of issues related to healthcare. Sarma informed Mandaviya of the numerous actions the state administration is taking to address health-related challenges that have surfaced since the most recent floods.

In addition, the two leaders discussed how to carry out the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

Sharing this, Sarma wrote on his Twitter handle, “Met Hon’ble Union Minister, Health & Family Welfare Dr @mansukhmandviya at his official residence in New Delhi. We discussed issues related to Assam, especially measures taken by our government to tackle health conditions during and post-flood scenario in the affected districts.”

Meanwhile, Assam is currently reeling with Japanese Encephalitis (JE), a vector-borne disease that is rapidly growing in the state. The health fraternity has already detected more than 15 fresh cases across the state.

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. It is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that belongs to the same genus as the Dengue, Yellow Fever, and West Nile viruses.

Besides, according to the data published by the state National Health Mission (NHM), many fresh COVID-19 cases have been reported in Assam in the last few days. The active caseload in the state is 5,508 while the positivity rate stood at 10.10%. The overall COVID-19 tally of Assam now stood at 7,34,012 cases, with the total recoveries touching 7,20,492. The recovery rate stood at 98.16%

This comes as India recorded 21,880 COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s overall COVID-19 tally to 4,38,47,065. The active cases increased to 1,49,482, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The death count climbed to 5,25,930 with 60 new fatalities due to COVID in the last 24 hours. The active cases comprise 0.33% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.47%, the ministry said.

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