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140 virology labs proposed

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Vishwa Mohan Katoch opens Manipal Centre for Virus Research



A NEW FACILITY:Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director-Genearl of ICMR, inaugurating the Manipal Centre for Virus Research in Manipal on Wednesday.

Manipal: The Manipal Centre for Virus Research, a unit of Manipal University, was inaugurated by Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, here on Wednesday.

Mr. Katoch said there were less than 10 institutions for diagnosis of viral infections. The country required more such laboratories. Only then the health care infrastructure could be strengthened.

The Manipal Centre for Virus Research-ICMR Network Laboratory is the first of the four sanctioned Grade I laboratories in the country. The other three are in Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow (formerly KGMC), Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar, and Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair.

The Manipal Centre of Virus Research would serve as a regional reference laboratory. It would undertake research and epidemiological studies which would help in the development of policy matters in health sector such as introduction and effectiveness of vaccination, Dr. Katoch said.

A.C. Mishra, director of National Institute of Virology, Pune, said the Centre planned to set up 140 laboratories for diagnosis of viral infections. They would come up under the public-private participation mode.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University H. Vinod Bhat welcomed the gathering. Vice-Chancellor K. Ramnarayan presided over the function. Registrar G.K. Prabhu proposed a vote of thanks. U.C. Chaturvedi was present.

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