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“Superbug study, bid to tarnish India's image”

Shastry V. Mallady

MADURAI: The Indian Public Health Association has condemned the ‘superbug study' linking it with India and called for a national voice against such baseless speculations.

It also urged the Government of India to fight till the name New Delhi was removed from the study, which linked a drug-resistant superbug, detected in Britain, to this country.

“An emergency meeting of the Indian Public Health Association was held on Thursday immediately after we came to know about the superbug controversy. It was condemned in unequivocal terms and our association sees it as an attempt to tarnish India's growing image in the health sector,” S. Elango, national vice-president of the association, said.

Talking to The Hindu here on Friday, he said the association strongly felt that a scientific study should not be named after a city or town and should have been based only on biological names without dragging the Indian capital.

“Naming the enzyme New Delhi Metallo Beta Lactamase (NDM-1) and linking the superbug bacteria to India was highly disturbing. Some of the developed countries do not want India to be successful in medical tourism,” Dr. Elango alleged.

He pointed out that the healthcare facilities in both private and government hospitals had improved significantly in India and a large number of patients were coming from the Middle East and South-East Asia for treatment.

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